As the European Championships edge closer, fans in the Transfer Tavern have been debating how England should line-up for the tournament- and they’ve been given their answer!
Statistical data from EA Sport’s Player Performance Index has revealed exactly how England should shape-up based on player’s form in the Premier League this season and there’s certainly some intriguing angles to look at.
The biggest story is the absence of captain Wayne Rooney, with Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane understandably picked ahead of him, whilst there is no place for Joe Hart between the sticks- with that spot instead going to Stoke City’s Jack Butland.
Remarkably, there’s no players from the Premier League’s ‘big five’ and there’s two spots for Bournemouth players- with only Tottenham and Leicester also boasting two names in the starting line-up.
West Ham fans will be pleased to see Mark Noble getting recognition, whilst Spurs ace Dele Alli is an exciting prospect in midfield.
With the oldest player being 31, and five of the 11 being under the age of 25, it’s certainly one for the future- and it’s unlikely Roy Hodgson would select this team, with many unfortunately unlikely to get a spot in the plane for the tournament.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League.