Jake: 'simply a top man'

Jake: ‘simply a top man, to anyone not called Roy’

Win a trip to the Euros … read on

Roy Hodgson has probably worked out where Sunderland is on the map but not clearly enough to make him select an in-form striker, who grabbed an astonishing tally of 15 Premier League goals despite playing for a team that spent most of the season in the bottom three.

So no room for Jermain Defoe at the Euros 2016 in France. Roy did include in his provisional squad a well-known Championship player, Andros Townsend, and a man who doesn’t quite match Jermain’s standards of clean living, Jack Wilshere.

And SAFC fans who turn out at the Stadium of Light on Friday may well see Jordan Henderson, long lost to us as a player but still a fan, in the England friendly vs Australia. Since Roy’s a linguist, this link helping him find our ground is in French.

Here, then, is a competition from footballfancast.com giving you a chance to guide Hodgson’s hand, as he whittles his squad down to 20, and maybe, just maybe win some free travel and tickets for the Euros. (We shall leave to one side the inconvenient question of whether the travel part depends on whether France’s de facto government, the CGT union, is still blockading refineries, causing massive queues at petrol stations and seeking to paralyse the country.)


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