According to the Mirror, Kieran Gibbs has missed out on the chance to play for England against Holland this evening because he’s on holiday in the USA.
Three Lions boss, Roy Hodgson, opted to call up left backs Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand when he announced his original squad, however, after the latter picked up an injury, a call summoning the Arsenal man was made.
Unfortunately, Gibbs, who’d been given permission to go on holiday by Arsene Wenger, was already on the other side of the globe enjoying a Stateside jaunt.
It’s reported that England, who knew about Bertrand’s problem before the weekend, could have called on the 26-year-old earlier but waited until after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Germany.
While Gibbs will likely be frustrated at the missed opportunity to put himself at the forefront of Hodgson’s mind ahead of EURO 2016, there is a silver lining for the Gunners; England will in all likelihood be forced to play Sp*rs man Rose for the second time in a week, hopefully knackering him out ahead of their trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
That only seems fair given Hector Bellerin played 180 minutes for Spain’s under-21s as they lost to Croatia and beat Norway.
Theo Walcott has been named on the bench for tonight’s friendly. The winger had been expected to start but suffered a dead leg in training and may not be risked at all.