Alternative England XI - the players Roy Hodgson left behind


Roy Hodgson named an expanded 26-man squad for Euro 2016 on Monday, three more than he will take to France.

But there is plenty more talent left on the outside looking in. Here we look at 11 players who could form an alternative England XI, excluding those overlooked due to retirement or injury.


Ben Foster

Ben Foster (West Brom)

At 33, the West Brom number one is probably happy to let Tom Heaton continue as England's third-choice goalkeeper. But he continues to be a fixture at the Hawthorns, knows Hodgson from their time together there and already has eight caps to his name.


Phil Jagielka

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Left-back is a crowded field, with Leighton Baines the most high-profile and Kieran Gibbs also having international experience. But Cresswell takes the spot for his eye-catching efforts at West Ham this season. On the other side is his West Ham team-mate Michail Antonio who has done a pretty good job for the Hammers filling in at right-back and still finding the back of the net. Jagielka was cut from the main squad to make room elsewhere and Shawcross has a fine body of work behind him at Stoke.


Mark Noble

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Mark Noble (West Ham), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

A central pairing of Noble and Carrick ensures that there would be two men more than capable of pulling the strings. Noble has been at the heart of West Ham's outstanding season while Carrick has done it all before in England colours and rarely lets United down. Speed is not an issue on the flanks, where the culled Walcott is paired with Lingard, who earlier this season seemed likelier than United team-mate Marcus Rashford to make a late surge to the senior squad.


Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Andy Carroll (West Ham)

A classic "big man, little man" combination would rekindle England's sides of yesteryear. Defoe is arguably as hot in front of goal as anyone else in the country at present and kept Sunderland up with his sniper's eye. He did so as a lone striker but would surely love to forage alongside Carroll, whose physicality was ultimately deemed surplus to requirements by Hodgson.