Hodgson talks England “balance”, explains Rashford over Drinkwater

Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

England boss Roy Hodgson knows that, if anything, England’s strength is tilted toward the attack.

“We’ve got the balance,” Hodgson said. “If anything, the balance does tilt towards attackers and offensive midfielders. That was a conscious decision. That’s where we think our strength lies.”

[ MORE: Top 25 players at Copa America Centenario ]

Hodgson was speaking after the culling of his Euro 2016 roster, a cutdown that saw Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend removed in favor of Marcus Rashford amongst others.

Keeping the 18-year-old upstart over Drinkwater, one of the lynchpins in Leicester City’s run to the Premier League title, was the most discussed of his moves. Here are his thoughts, and they are almost strictly positional.

From the BBC:

“As far as we are concerned if you look back over the two years we have been working together, Danny was very much the last man in, in that respect.

“It simply became a question of do I take the extra attacker or midfielder? That’s how Rashford came about. The front players, apart from Harry Kane – we wouldn’t want to move him from a central position – can do the job (wide) in midfield we’ve got Sterling, Lallana.”

So Rashford’s late season performance forced his way into the roster at the expense of Drinkwater, as Hodgson has confirmed our suspicion.

Defense is going to be an issue for United, and the cover from a player like Drinkwater versus the necessity of striker depth is an interesting debate. It may be fair to say that carrying another center back could be the major difference between England making a deep run and failing to move far into the tournament.