Gary Neville has explained why England chose to take Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere to Euro 2016.
Barkley and Wilshere were both picked in Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s tournament, with the former failing to play a single minute, while the latter could not prevent their exit to Iceland.
Many felt that West Ham midfielder Mark Noble was a more suitable choice for the squad, having enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career.
Danny Drinkwater was also overlooked, despite having won the Premier League with Leicester.
Wilshere’s inclusion was particularly questionable, considering he had missed almost all of the previous season with Arsenal due to injury.
But speaking to talkSPORT, Neville, who acted as Hodgson’s assistant from 2012 until his resignation after the failed tournament, has revealed the reasons behind the squad selections.
“We didn’t pick Mark Noble, even though he might have been in better form than Ross Barkley, because we invested in Ross Barkley,” he said. “He was our man, he was the person who was the most talented player.
“We didn’t pick Danny Drinkwater over Jack Wilshere because we had faith in the ability of Jack Wilshere.
“That’s not to say no-one can break in, but when you go down the route of investing in John Stones, you can’t then pick Phil Jagielka over John Stones for the tournament. You have to invest in John Stones, even though Phil Jagielka might be in better form.”