Roy Hodgson defends England Euro 2016 gamble to take three centre-halves

Hodgson happy to have Eric Dier as centre-half cover for Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and John Stones

Roy Hodgson defends England Euro 2016 gamble to take three centre-halves

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Matthew

May 17th, 2016

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England’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 has been named by Roy Hodgson and there are a handful of caveats, with twenty-six players included and Marcus Rashford is one of them.

The Manchester United striker is the one wildcard pick although it was also noticeable that Hodgson has decided against picking four centre-halves and instead opts to have Kyle Walker as the second right-back behind Nathaniel Clyne.

Many have questioned whether Hodgson should have selected Phil Jagielka as the fourth centre-half, with the manager claiming that three players for that position should be ample.

“Eric Dier can, if necessary, step back and play there,” Hodgson said. “That was his original position. He spent most of his career playing centre-back before he moved into central midfield.

“Any time you ask someone to move where they have not necessarily been playing on a regular basis is a bit of an ask, but how much cover can you get? Take the last World Cup when the Germans had two centre-backs who played every game. We have at least three, and potentially four. How much cover can you actually take?”

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