With the announcement as to who has made Roy Hodgson’s 23-man EURO 2016 squad just weeks away, English players are desperately vying to state their case as to why they should be in it.
Friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands were an opportunity for some of the less established players to do exactly that, but now with no international breaks before the final 23 is confirmed, anyone still chasing their dream will have to do so with a run of good form for their clubs.
Experts and pundits have been discussing who may and may not make the final squad in recent weeks and here I look at five players who could lose their place through their poor form of late…
5. Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
An ever-present feature throughout the qualifying campaign for the European Championships, but he has struggled for form along with a host of his Arsenal teammates.
Walcott has had more international ups and downs than most other players – being a surprise inclusion in the 2006 World Cup squad, a shock omission from Fabio Capello’s 2010 World Cup team and being ruled out of the short-lived dream in Brazil in 2014 – and could see his place on the plane stolen away from him in the closing weeks of this campaign.
Despite being included in the most recent England squad, the winger failed to claim a place in the starting XI in either of the two friendlies – even with Hodgson heavily rotating the team between the two matches.