Roy Hodgson Slams the Media in Astonishing Outburst.
Roy Hodgson has raised eyebrows today after launching a verbal attack on the British media. After he named his squad for the crucial World Cup Qualifying fixtures against Ukraine and Poland, the media criticised him for leaving out Frank Lampard and Glenn Johnson. Roy was clearly upset as he launched the following statement :
"Its a disgrace when even your own journalists and supporters don't back you. I pick what I feel is the best team available to me and Frank Lampard, on current form, wasn't in that team. There is a place for Lampard but he needs to improve dramatically. Huddlestone and Jordan Henderson have been better currently and deserve the midfield spots. Whereas the criticism that I have received about the exclusion of Johnson is diabolical. Liverpool phoned me the day before I announced the squad informing me that Glenn wouldn't be available for selection because of an ankle injury. The fact that they have criticised the inclusion of Adam Lallana appalls me as he has been in excellent form for Southampton and scored on his England debut. Clearly this group of journalists are too incompetent, lacking the necessary research required to prove their point. There are some decent journalists still out there, however all who mocked and ridiculed this squad selection, whilst also questioning my competency for the job, will be banned from the England media area. Only BBC, The Guardian, FourFourTwo and ITV will be allowed access. I have had enough of the drivel all the other media channels spout."
Hodgson clearly feels passionately about this subject, in that he took such dramatic measures, banning all but 4 media outlets. Here is the squad that triggered the outburst :
: Ben Foster, Fraser Forster, Jack Butland.
: Kyle Walker, Martin Kelly, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Steven Caulker, Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole.
: Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Lallana, Jack Wilshere
: Jermain Defoe, Jay Rodriguez, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck.
At a first glance this does seem a below average squad but once you delve into it, you realise it was probably the best available to Roy. Wayne Rooney had sustained a calf strain so was unavailable, as was Michael Carrick for the same reason. Joe Hart broke a finger in training for Man City so was also unavailable whilst John Ruddy sprained his hand, after being named in the original squad. Frank Lampard has been in awful form and didn't deserve the call up, neither did Aaron Lennon or Ashley Young.
The criticism Roy has received is unfair and preposterously outrageous. He has not put a foot wrong so far as England manager and deserves the respect he has earned. Bwing on the Ukwaine.