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Three Lions boss favours youth over experience

12:00am | & News

England football manager Roy Hodgson has favoured youth over experience in selecting his provisional 26-man squad for the Euro 2016 tournament, which takes place in France from June 10th to July 10th.

Although captained by 'old hand' Wayne Rooney, aged 30 and with 109 England caps under his belt, Hodgson's squad includes a raft of younger players with little international experience, including 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

The promising teenager only broke into United's first team in the second half of the season, but has performed well since then, prompting Hodgson to comment: "There's no reason why he can't become a regular member of the England team and I think he deserves this chance."

Commenting further on his initial selection, which will later be whittled down to 23 players, Hodgson added: "I prefer to some extent to have people like him (Rashford) knocking on the door, pushing the ones who are a bit more experienced and have a few more caps to their name, than to maybe bring people back who might not make the 23 and who already are tried and trusted and we've seen what they can do."

Also featured in Hodgson's choice are Leicester City players Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater, who helped their club claim the Premiership title against all the odds, while Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe were among those to miss the cut.

Whether Hodgson's focus on youth and ambition proves correct remains to be seen. It's a sporting cliché that 'there's no substitute for experience', but there's only one way to get it.

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