England boss Roy Hodgson told it would be a mistake to pick Wayne Rooney for Euro 2016

“At the moment, based on what I’ve seen this season, I wouldn’t say that he does get in the side.

“Roy is very loyal to his players, and Wayne is his captain. In my world he probably wouldn’t get in, but in Roy’s world if he’s fit I think he’ll play.”

Le Tissier, whose eight caps belied his talent, believes that for once England have an abundance of younger forwards in form and fit and says Hodgson should give them their heads and go for it in France this summer.

“I’d have Wayne in the squad, but he wouldn’t make the starting XI for me,” he said. “This summer’s Euros have always been about the future, so why not use it as almost a free swing and give the young lads some experience, looking to [the World Cup in] 2018 and the 2020 Euros?

“I like the skills in the England squad. I like the fact we’ve got some talented forwards in good form.

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