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It Didn't Take Long For The Hysteria To Follow Sam Allardyce's First England Squad

It Didn't Take Long For The Hysteria To Follow Sam Allardyce's First England Squad
By Gavin Cooney

If he was called Sam Allardichi, perhaps he'd never had to worry about today.

Sam Allardyce today named an England squad for the first time, and despite the attempts to call up Steven N'Zonzi and those brief murmurings about John Terry - possibly a necessary fiction to sell papers/stimulate debate - Big Sam went with just one new name in the squad: West Ham's Michail Antonio.

Here's the full squad:

Antonio earned his place at the expense of Everton's Ross Barkley, a decision which set some of the croissant-munching denizens of Sky's Sunday Supplement into hysteria, most notably Henry Winter:

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Many of the reporters on the Merseyside beat were equally aghast:

The Times' Oliver Kay brought some sense to the reaction:

Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney is listed as a midfielder, the listing of Fraser Foster ahead of Joe Hart is a quirk of the alphabet (for now), Theo Walcott squeezes in, and poor Mark Noble still hasn't got his England call. He'll eventually have to declare for Ireland.

Nonetheless, this writer thinks that Allardyce will prove a successful appointment for England: he won't pander to the press to the detriment of his principles, unlike his predecessor. The non-selection of Barkley proves that.

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