The online soccer odds surrounding Euro 2016 are bound to change now that Jack Wilshere is heading back to the field; though, whether or not Theo Walcott’s absence from Roy Hodgson’s team will help or hurt England remains to be seen.
Jack Wilshere hit the ground running on Sunday, making a 69-minute appearance during Arsenal’s 4-0 victory against Aston Villa. This was just one day before Roy Hodgson (the England Manager) was to announce the squad that will represent England at the European Championships.
Confirming his fitness in the game against a relegated Villa Side, Wilshere only made two substitute appearances for Arsenal before a ten-month injury put him out of commission.
It should be noted that while Wilshere is flying high in the face of rumors that Hodgson might name him in his squad during the Monday Morning announcement at Wembley, Theo Walcott, his Arsenal team-mate is likely to miss out on his opportunity to play in the European Championships.
Walcott wasn’t part of the Arsenal team that trounced Aston Villa on Sunday; the forward was unable to play because of a minor hamstring problem, though Arsene Wenger has insisted that the injury isn’t as debilitating as sports reporters have announced, suggesting that Walcott would be back on his feet in time for Euro 2016 if Hodgson actually wanted to utilize his skills as a member of the England squad.
From Arsene’s point of view, Walcott is most definitely unavailable today; however, if he was chosen for the England Squad, Euro 2016 would find the player more than ready to take his country to the finish line.
If the rumors are to be believed, then Andros Townsend might join Wilshere in the England Squad, the Newcastle United player set to replace an injured Danny Welbeck.
Andros, who was formerly at Tottenham, joining Newcastle United during the January transfer window, won his tenth cap during the qualifying victory against Lithuania last October. The 24-year-old has a decent track record.
The soccer star has already scored three goals in the ten appearances he has made for England so far, and this isn’t taking into account everything that he has done for Newcastle.
Hodgson has made comments before about his appreciation for Andros’ skills, this suggesting that the 24-year-old has a decent chance of not only edging out Walcott but Manchester United Winger Jesse Lingard as well.
Wilshere and Henderson’s injuries have not done Hodgson any favors. The England Manager had made plans to name his squad for Euro 2016 last Thursday. However, the event was postponed to Monday.
With Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) finally making his return, Hodgson can proceed with plans to assemble the England Squad.
Pundits in the industry have been discussing the potential disappointments that certain players should expect, especially Michael Carrick and Phil Jagielka, not to mention Danny Drinkwater.
Considering that Hodgson is only selecting seven defenders for his squad, Jagielka is all but assured of missing out. The injuries haven’t exactly cornered Hodgson. He has up to 31st May to submit the names of his squad to UEFA, this availing him various opportunities to replace any injured players.