England lack quality and variety - Yorke

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The former Manchester United striker claims the Three Lions are unlikely to triumph in France this summer after coach Roy Hodgson selected a squad short on depth

England’s Euro 2016 squad is too imbalanced and lacks the quality of players like Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, according to ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke.

Roy Hodgson announced his final 23-man selection for the tournament in France on Tuesday, leaving out Andros Townsend, Danny Drinkwater and Fabian Delph from his original 26-man preliminary panel.

But Yorke, a former Trinidad & Tobago World Cup star, believes the England coach has left himself with too few options within his squad.

“There are not enough wingers and there are too many players who are too similar. That might be a problem,” Yorke told 888sport.

“You have Raheem Sterling but no one who is naturally left-footed and you feel Townsend would have offered a better balance down that side.

“When you look at the England set-up they are basically all the same – on the right foot, lots of pace, not a great deal of experience. This all might work for them for an amount of time but they won’t have enough in their locker to succeed.”

England begin their bid for a first-ever European Championship success on Saturday, June 11 against Russia in Marseille, but Yorke fears that they will be missing some star power in key areas.

“They’re not as good as the England of Scholes and Gerrard,” he continued. “These young players have a lot of pace and energy around the forward areas and they’ve done very well to qualify but that’s often the case with England – they do well in qualifying but when it comes to the actual competition they don’t know how to shine.

“It’s a great opportunity for these young players to show that they’re international quality but I still feel they will come up short once the competition starts.”

After facing off with Russia, England face Wales in Lens and Slovakia in Saint-Etienne in their remaining Group B fixtures.

Read the full 888sport interview with Dwight Yorke  here , including his thoughts on which United players are safe from the Mourinho cull

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