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Euro Whites: The former Wanderers heading to Euro 2016 with England

31 May 2016

The club's official website profiles the three former Bolton players who have booked their spot in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the upcoming European Championships

Following Roy Hodgson's announcement of his 23-man squad for this summer's European Championships on Tuesday afternoon, bwfc.co.uk looks at the three former Wanderers who have secured their place on the plane to France this June.

GARY CAHILL (42 caps, 3 goals)
England debut: v Bulgaria (W4-0), 03/09/10


England’s vice-captain behind Wayne Rooney, Gary Cahill will now appear at his first European Championships this summer after injury previously ruled him out of Euro 2012 having been named in Roy Hodgson’s initial squad. 

First breaking into the Three Lions' set-up during his successful four-year stint with Wanderers, the centre-back was handed his England bow a year after his first call-up, while he has gone on to win every major honour at club level since joining Chelsea in January 2012.

Now one of England’s most senior players, Cahill was one of only two outfield players to start all three of the Three Lions’ matches during their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign.

DANIEL STURRIDGE (17 caps, 5 goals)
International debut: v Sweden (W1-0), 15/11/11 


England’s first-choice striker at the 2014 World Cup starting all three group games after starring for Liverpool, an injury-plagued 18 months had since seen Daniel Sturridge slip down the international pecking order behind the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. 

However, the forward, who spent a prolific half-season loan spell with Wanderers in 2011, has a enjoyed a strong second half of the season with the Reds, scoring in their Europa League Final defeat to Sevilla while averaging better than a goal every other game throughout the campaign.

A turn-up which has ultimately earned him his spot amongst England's squad as they head to France, Sturridge will be eager to continue his recent form into the summer as he looks to silence his doubters and re-establish himself as one of the Three Lions’ star men.

JACK WILSHERE (30 caps, 2 goals)
International debut: v Hungary (W2-1), 11/08/10 


Having missed the majority of the 2015/16 season through injury, Jack Wilshere seemingly had it all to prove as he looked to force his way into England's final 23-man squad, but a number of impressive performances in recent friendlies has convinced Roy Hodgson to include him.

The Arsenal midfielder had been limited to just one start throughout the domestic 2015/16 campaign having only returned in late-April, with fresh competition emerging in his absence including highly-rated Tottenham Hotspur duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier, as well as newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater.

First making his name in the Premier League when on loan with Wanderers during the second half of the 2009/10 season, Wilshere has since become a well-known name across English football and will be hoping to put any questions over his inclusion to bed by making his mark in France.

England's 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)


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