Alan Shearer Identifies Just One England Player That Can Be Considered World Class

Sam Sank

​Former England great Alan Shearer is undoubtedly a big supporter of the Three Lions, however, the all time leading Premier League goalscorer can only pick one current star who he believes is world class.

Writing in ​the Sun, the Newcastle United legend named England number one Joe Hart as the only member of Roy Hodgson's side who is a world class player, dismissing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling.

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He said, " Joe Hart’s one of the best in the world in his position.  But I don’t think we have any other world-class players at the minute, no.  That doesn’t mean we cannot do well. I’ve seen in tournaments teams with world-class players who haven’t achieved anything.  So you don’t necessarily need world-class players. They can all be excellent. But I’m not sure about world class."

Shearer went on to speak about the possibility of Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane to grab the same award at Euro 2016, " They’re going to have to get to at least the semi-finals for him to have a chance of getting the Golden Boot.

"Everyone will have to be on top form for England to get there. And I worry about us defensively.  I don’t think we can win it, I’d be amazed if we did — but if Kane can have a good tournament and some other youngsters, who are new to the team as well, I’m hoping it will bode well for future tournaments."

Hodgson named his 26 man provisional squad ahead of next month's European Championships tournament in France and Shearer's prophetic message to take Marcus Rashford could well happen, after the teenager was included.

" I think Rashford’s more of an option than Andy Carroll. He’s got great potential.  He’s been one of the few positives for one of the world’s biggest football clubs this year. He might not have got his chance if it wasn’t for injuries or suspensions but when he’s been in there he hasn’t disappointed. 

"He has been a breath of fresh air for United.  His energy, pace and when he’s been given the chance in front of goal, he hasn’t let anybody down.  He is a more realistic option to replace Welbeck.  I also think referees don’t look favourably upon the likes of Andy Carroll at international level. Especially in major tournaments, there’s foul after foul after foul."


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