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Holt slams 'ridiculous' Hodgson

ESPN staff
October 5, 2012

Norwich City forward Grant Holt has criticised Roy Hodgson's national team selections, claiming that the manager is too resistant to change.

Holt has been out of favour with Hodgson, despite a stellar Premier League season in 2011/12.

The 31-year-old was snubbed for Euro 2012 and expressed his dissatisfaction at being left out of the latest England squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

"He [Hodgson] hasn't given anyone opportunities, people like Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham from Swansea didn't even get a look in, but that's life," Holt said.

"I think I'll never be in it. Roy's come in and is picking his players. When two friendlies came up and I wasn't included, it was ridiculous to be honest.

"But I think any neutral looking at that list [England's squad] could have written it down beforehand and not been far off."

Holt jumped to the defence of former team-mate Rickie Lambert who was also omitted from Hodgson's side, despite getting off to a blistering start in his debut Premier League campaign for Southampton.

"He's scoring the goals. He's done well," Holt said. "Unless Rickie Lambert scores 25 goals or bags 10 in the next two months, I don't think he'll get close."

Holt has struggled to become a regular starter for Norwich this season, coming off the bench in the Canaries' 5-2 loss against Liverpool at the weekend.

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