Many pundits believe that Roy Hodgson has made a mistake in not selecting Jermain Defoe for the Euros in France.
The England striker has been quite prolific this year where he has scored 18 goals for Sunderland. He would have been an excellent complement to Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane in the England team.
Roy Hodgson has given his own reasons why he has not chosen Defoe and for many people, the reasons are not valid. The England manager said that when Defoe announce he was going to play in the MLS two years ago, he was omitted from the England team that participate at the last World Cup.
Since that time England has been working with a group of players to prepare for the Euros and Defoe was not considered to be part of the team. However, pundits believe that Roy Hodgson should have taken into account that Defoe has been playing in England recently and that his form and scoring abilities prove that he is still a quality player.
Roy Hodgson has also argued that he did not want to disrupt the team with a new comer. But some pundits claim that Hodgson has done just that with the introduction of Marcus Rashford and Danny Drinkwater. He could have made an effort in order to accommodate a player that has been in excellent form for his team this season. He could have at least allowed him to be part of the preliminary squad and find out how he performed in the friendlies.
Indeed, Jermain Defoe would have provided another option to Hodgson in matches where England may find it difficult to score. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy appear to be quite similar in their playing style and with Defoe the team would have provided another attacking option for the team.