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five-year peak, how can you rank him over Johnson, who had the same or better peak and a much longer career?On the other hand .. Antworten

Roy Hodgson has until midnight on Tuesday 31 May to trim his 26-man squad to the 23 players hell take to Euro 2016. But who will miss out? Hodgson is expected to issue his final squad list this afternoon, after a training session in Watford, a delayed announcement after the injury to Danny Welbeck forced a late change of plans.Back-to-back 2-1 friendly wins over Turkey and Australia will have left the England manager with plenty to think about - especially after 18-year-old wildcard Marcus Rashford scored on his international debut on Friday night. Hodgson coy on final selection Roy Hodgson on his selection dilemmas ahead of Euro 2016 Here, we look at seven players whose inclusion is far from certain and consider their chances of making Hodgsons final squad…Jack Wilshere Jack Wilshere appears to have proved his fitness to Hodgson After playing 66 minutes against Turkey and the first-half of Englands win over Australia, it seems Jack Wilshere remains a key figure for Roy Hodgson. The inclusion of the Arsenal midfielder in the initial squad despite an injury-ravaged season in which he made just three first-team appearances highlighted Hodgsons faith in Wilshere and he now seems set for a ticket to Euro 2016.Both of them [Wilshere and Jordan Henderson] are a little bit short of match fitness but certainly for Jack Wilshere the last couple of games shows that his lack of match fitness isnt very evident. I thought he was very good in the first half he played [against Australia], said Hodgson.Former England caretaker boss Peter Taylor is also adamant Wilshere should go to France. Speaking after the win over Turkey, he told Sky Sports News HQ: Wilshere is so different, such a clever player, he could play for Barcelona. Hes such a talented player. You want that type of different midfield player for your options, whether you start him or bring him on as sub. Id be wrapping him up in cotton wool.Marcus Rashford Marcus Rashford was congratulated by Hodgson on Friday Marcus Rashford was 3/1 to make Englands final 23 when the provisional squad was first named. Only Fabian Delph was more likely to be axed. But after a stunning introduction to international football - combined with injury concerns for Daniel Sturridge - the Manchester United teenager could be on his way to Euro 2016.It took the 18-year-old just three minutes to find the net against Australia and Hodgson was full of praise for the youngster after the game. What a debut. Im pleased for him, said the England boss.But I wasnt surprised with the way he played. He was always one of the players who was seriously competing for a place in the 23 and hes done his chances of travelling with us no harm. He wouldnt be out of place in anyones 23.Ross Barkley Ross Barkley was a second-half sub against Australia Ross Barkley enjoyed his most productive season with Everton in the Premier League in 2015/16, scoring eight times and registering the same number of assists. However, a drop-off in form towards the end of the campaign appears to have damaged his chances of a key role for England this summer and he was overlooked for a starting spot in either friendly.A raw talent, Barkley is likely to be an important figure for England in years to come and remains a likely traveller to France - if only as a squad member. Andros Townsend Andros Townsend hopes to have made an impression Andros Townsend was out of the England reckoning in March but forced his way back into Hodgsons plans with an impressive run of form for Newcastle. However, after playing just 14 minutes across the two friendlies this month, his position in the camp is once again in doubt.Everyones desperate to go to a major tournament, he said after his run-out against Australia. What a huge honour it would be if I did, but Ive done what I can and now well see what the manager decides.Townsend is one of few genuine wingers in Hodgsons provisional squad and has enjoyed a number of fine performances in an England shirt under the manager. But he is likely to be one of the names debated by Hodgson and his coaching staff.Danny Drinkwater Danny Drinkwater played 90 minutes against Australia He may have been an integral part of Leicester Citys Premier League title win but Danny Drinkwater is among the three favourites to be cut from Hodgsons group of 26. The central midfielder was subbed on for the final 17 minutes against Turkey but played the full 90 against Australia.With Eric Dier, Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson vying for a similar role in the team, he could be the unfortunate one to miss out. Dier seems set for a starting spot, while Wilshere has been praised by Hodgson, who also dismissed concerns over Hendersons fitness problems.Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge has missed both friendlies with injury Daniel Sturridge was Englands first-choice striker at the World Cup but injuries have limited the Liverpool mans playing time over the past two seasons and, despite returning for the Reds run-in, a calf problem kept him out of both international friendlies this month.The forward is due to return to training on Sunday and Hodgson has told the press his injury problem isnt likely to affect his ability to play in Englands Euro 2016 opener against Russia on June 10. However, the manager also stopped short of backing Sturridge for a place in the squad. It seems the 26-year-olds tournament chances remain up for discussion.Fabian Delph Fabian Delph is all but out of contention for a place in the final squad Manchester Citys Fabian Delph was a surprise inclusion in Hodgsons provisional squad of 26, given his injury problems and struggles to break into Manuel Pellegrinis plans this season. Now, a groin injury has effectively ruled him out of contention for a place on the plane.The midfielder was unable to travel to Sunderland for Fridays friendly with Australia and Hodgson said: That means probably he wont be with us either in the final 23, unless, of course, we have injuries. Ive put him on a standby list and he understands and accepts that. Get Euro 2016 alerts Breaking news from Euro 2016, direct to your mobile Also See: Hodgson coy on final selection Rashford a serious contender Air Max 270 White And Black . 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Clayton KershawI suppose that order isnt even necessarily so controversial -- I suspect some might scoff at Kershaw, just 125 wins into his superlative career, ranking ahead of the likes of Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Lefty Grove -- but Im here to suggest this: I believe the panel is wrong.Sandy Koufax, mythological figure and all, isnt the greatest left-hander of all time.The declaration for Koufax as best ever rests with his five-year run of dominance that ended in 1966 with his retirement at the peak of his powers, no longer willing to endure the cortisone shots to dull the pain in his elbow.To take a shot every other ballgame is more than I wanted to do and to walk around with a constant upset stomach because of the pills and to be high half the time during a ballgame because youre taking painkillers, I dont want to have to do that, he said at his retirement announcement.Lets start here, and with apologies to Spahn, Carlton and the criminally underrated Grove, compare our top three guys and their best five-year runs:In those five seasons, Koufax led the National League in ERA all years. In two of those seasons, he missed some time with injuries, but in the other three he topped 300 innings and compiled win-loss records of 25-5, 26-8 and 27-9, win totals that seem almost unfathomable in todays games of pitch counts and five-man rotations and quick hooks for starters.Its an impressive record, no doubt; Koufax won three Cy Young Awards and an MVP award (and finished second in two other votes). In 1963, he threw 11 shutouts. In 1965, he struck out 382 batters and held batters to .179 average while throwing 27 complete games -- more than Kershaw has thrown in his career.It was, of course, a different era, a good era for pitchers, and few places were better to pitch than Dodger Stadium, then notorious for the highest mound in baseball. Koufaxs ascent in 1962 to the best pitcher in the game coincided not just with a sudden improvement in his control, but with the opening of Dodger Stadium. And Koufax loved Dodger Stadium. His home/road splits from 1962-1966:Home: 57-15, 1.37 ERARoad: 54-19, 2.57 ERAHe was most extreme in 1964, when he posted 0.85 at home and 2.93 on the road.dddddddddddd Despite the ERA difference, note that there wasnt a large difference in win-loss record. Dodger Stadium was simply a tough place to hit, and Koufax took advantage of that. He could allow more runs on the road yet still win games. Thats where the ERA+ figure above comes in. That number attempts to adjust for home park effects and the overall run-scoring environment of the league. So while Johnson has the highest ERA of the three, he has the best adjusted ERA (higher is better). Its close, but Koufaxs domination is now put into a different perspective. Then we look at Wins Above Replacement, and Johnsons five-year total exceeds Koufaxs.Then the kicker: These arent even the five best seasons of Johnsons career. He won four straight NL Cy Young Awards with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2002, but 1998 -- when he was traded from the Mariners to the Astros -- was a ho-hum 19-11 season with a 3.28 ERA. In 1997, hed gone 20-4 with a 2.28 ERA. In the strike-shortened 1995 season, he went 18-2 with a 2.48 ERA.Even if you think Koufax had the best five-year peak, how can you rank him over Johnson, who had the same or better peak and a much longer career?On the other hand ... we still have the Koufax mythology, the World Series wins, electing not to pitch on Yom Kippur, the credit everyone seems to give him for the what if phase of the rest of his career that never happened. He started seven World Series games, with an 0.98 ERA. He lost three of those games, though he gave up a total of just three earned runs in those defeats. Most famously, he started Game 7 of the 1965 World Series on two days of rest and threw a three-hit shutout.Johnson, meanwhile, won three games in the 2001 World Series, but also struggled at times in the postseason and once went seven starts in a row without a win. Kershaw has his postseason apologists and while he was better in last years division series, he has yet to deliver that signature playoff performance that well be talking about 50 years later and is 2-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 starts.So theres something to the Koufax legend that matters beyond the statistics. We want those stories, we want performances to tell the next generations about, to remind them we love the game.So if you want Koufax as your No. 1 guy, I understand. But Johnson tops my list. Hes the greatest left-hander of all time.At least until we see what Kershaw does over the next decade. ' ' '

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