Ex-Newcastle man backs Roy Hodgson decision to leave out Jermain Defoe for England

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Roy Hodgson has made the right decision in snubbing Jermain Defoe from the England squad ahead of tonight’s Euro 2016 opener, says ex-Newcastle United man Kieron Dyer.

Despite Defoe’s 15-goal haul last season, Hodgson opted for 18-year-old Marcus Rashford in his squad for France, even if the Manchester United striker is not expected to start tonight’s opening qualifier against Russia.

But former England international Dyer can understand Hodgson’s thinking in opting for the youth of Rashford.

“If you were going on form then Defoe should be on the plane but then so should Danny Drinkwater and (Andros) Townsend and maybe (Raheem)Sterling shouldn’t,” said Dyer in an interview with Carlsberg.

“Even when I was playing in the 90s a lot of squads were picked on reputations.

“Even if Defoe had gone would he have played? By taking Rashford for experience I can see why Defoe hasn’t gone.”

Kieron Dyer met England fans at The Three Lions pub in Newcastle as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign. Read the full interview with Dyer including his thoughts on England’s outstanding full back options.