Defoe v Rashford v Deeney for Euro 2016

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Marcus Rashford instead of Jermain Defoe; Andros Townsend ahead of Theo Walcott; Jack Wilshere in, but no Mark Noble.

So did Roy Hodgson get his provisional England Euro 2016 squad right?

Opta statistics suggest an England squad based on data alone would have Watford’s Troy Deeney right in contention, with Bournemouth’s Steve Cook and Simon Francis competing to partner Manchester United’s Chris Smalling in the heart of defence.

BBC Sport takes a look at the statistics around key England selection decisions.

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Joe Hart, Tom Heaton, Fraser Forster

Probably the easiest decision for Hodgson, even with the absence of the Premier League’s top English shot-stopper -Stoke’s Jack Butland (103 saves) – through injury.

Fraser Forster (95.3) and Joe Hart (86.4) are the top two English goalkeepers for minutes played per goal conceded.

Burnley’s Championship-winning keeper Tom Heaton played every minute for his club this season, keeping 20 clean sheets, and takes the third slot.

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