Everton's Rodwell dismisses criticism of England youngsters

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has dismissed criticism of England's young players.

Rodwell, who would have been in the running to play in Poland and Ukraine were it not for a nagging hamstring problem that ruined his season at Everton, insists there is much cause for positivity.

He told evertonfc.com: "They say part of the European game is about being able to keep the ball - you look at the likes of Spain and teams like that - so hopefully we'll emulate that.

"We've got the players to do it, so I think once we put it together, it'll work out.

"I feel as if there are a few young players - the likes of [Jack] Wilshere, [Jordan] Henderson, myself and others, that can play regularly. You look at Manchester United who had Danny Welbeck competing in the Euros, and Phil Jones was there too. There's a good spine of players."

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