A supposed ‘leak’ of England’s Euro 2016 squad appeared online on Monday.
A screenshot appeared on Twitter purporting to be a press release naming Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad three days prior to the official announcement.
It is understood that the Football Association regards the post as a hoax and declined to make a formal response, though that did not stop fans having their say.
The appearance of Luke Shaw, absent for the last six months with a broken leg, and Jack Wilshere, who has played only twice this season, proved particularly provocative – as did the relegation of Tottenham pair Kyle Walker and Danny Rose to the standby list.
But a closer inspection of the text suggested it should be taken with a large pinch of salt.
Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne’s first name was mis-spelled ‘Nathanial’ and the name venue for this month’s friendly against Turkey was incorrectly branded as the ‘City of Manchester Stadium’ as opposed to the official moniker for the night – the Manchester City Stadium. That did not stop numerous outlets reporting the story, because of course it bloody didn’t.
Hodgson will reveal his selections at Wembley Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
— England (@england) May 9, 2016