“Senior England players” apparently questioned Roy Hodgson’s decision to include Raheem Sterling in the team to face Iceland this past Monday night, clearly agreeing with a huge number of fans who felt he had no right to be anywhere near the starting XI.
Sky Sports took to Twitter to reveal the news, suggesting that Sterling’s place in the team had been questioned by his teammates. No players were named, with the tweet simply suggesting they were “senior” members of the squad.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 28, 2016
It’s hilarious to think that even his teammates didn’t want him in the team, with the Manchester City man receiving a huge amount of criticism from the fans before the game. Nobody expected him to be in the team after his performances during the group stage, so it was a real surprise to see his name on the teamsheet.
It’s not like the team as a whole performed well in any shape or form, with Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge, and pretty much the entire team performing terribly too. The fact that Hodgson’s team selection was so bad that it was questioned says a lot about the feelings in the dressing room though, and arguably suggests there may have been a bit of player unrest.
Whether it was the team selection, the players’ attitudes, or just the fact that everyone seemed to have an off day all at the same time, England are out of the Euros and now we can focus a little more on Liverpool and our impending pre-season campaign.