“I’m surprised by the squad. We’re not planning for the future,” Merson said in his column for the Daily Star.
“If Roy knew there was a six-year plan and he was the man to implement it, things would be different.
“The squad puzzles me. Roy went to see Manchester United against Tottenham the other week.
“He watched Andros Townsend have a stinker and get taken off after half an hour, and he watched Kyle Walker get absolutely rinsed.
“But he’s picked them both in his squad! If he’d already made up his mind, why bother going to the game?
“Townsend is only there because he played well for England 18 months ago. I thought it was supposed to be on form?”
Merson also questioned the decisions to bring in Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.Embed from Getty Images
But he did have some praise for another Spurs star, Harry Kane. It’s impossible to criticise the young Tottenham striker, and although Merson is pleased to see him in the squad, he does not feel he is good enough to start at the European Championships next year.
“At least he picked Harry Kane. He deserves it. He’s been doing it every week. You can have your head turned when you get picked for England but he went and scored a hat-trick!
“He can play in the hole like Wayne Rooney or he can play in front of him. When he plays as a No 10 he still gets in the box all the time. But I’d play him in front of Rooney and let him run into the corners and open the game up.Embed from Getty Images
“Daniel Sturridge is still the man for me going into the Euros. I think he gives you a bit more pace. But Kane is the next best option off the bench.”
Kane scored from the bench on his debut in Friday night’s 4-0 win against Lithuania at Wembley and will be hoping to get his first start in Tuesday night’s friendly with Italy.
Do you agree with Paul Merson’s comments? Is the current England squad the best it could be?