England 'gambling' with Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge - Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer thinks Roy Hodgson hasn't learned from past mistakes after the England coach named Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to the European Championship instead of Andros Townsend or Danny Drinkwater.

The former England and Newcastle striker said it was a "gamble" for Hodgson to include Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge in the final 23-man squad after both struggled with injuries this past season. Wilshere made just one start, in the final game of the campaign, after being sidelined with a fractured ankle until April.

"Once again I think we have gone for reputation rather than fitness and form. It's a big gamble from Roy to take two injury-prone players and another player who has been injured in Jordan Henderson," Shearer wrote in his column for bookmaker Coral.

"Jack Wilshere has not shown anything in the two friendlies he has played recently, while Daniel Sturridge has been injured for the last couple of weeks. Drinkwater has had a magnificent season for Leicester, would have been full of confidence after their title win, and I do not think he deserves to be left out. I hope Roy does not live to regret it.

"I admire his loyalty but I also feel that Andros Townsend could have offered them something different to what they have gone with. He's been the one shining light for Newcastle at the back end of the season, even though they were relegated. We have regretted taking players who weren't fully fit before, so I thought we would have learnt from previous mistakes."

Shearer had said before the final team selection: "I don't think [Wilshere] is a risk worth taking. We should learn our lessons from previous tournaments and not gamble with players' fitness."

Hodgson also included Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the final 2014 World Cup squad even though he had just sustained a knee injury, and the winger didn't recover in time to play at the tournament.

Shearer also said the inclusion of 18-year-old Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford can't be compared to Arsenal forward Theo Walcott going to the 2006 World Cup at the age of 17 -- without having played a single Premier League game.

"I think it is different as Rashford is in form going into the tournament. The World Cup came a bit early for Walcott and he has struggled since then to live up to the pressure on his shoulders," Shearer wrote.

"I don't know Rashford personally but I've seen plenty of players show promise at 18 and then fall by the wayside at 23, so let's hope Rashford does not do that. He's had a tremendous start to his career with Manchester United and England so good luck to him."