Jim White has told BBC Radio 5 live that he is aware of an England player calling his agent in France this past summer to help him get out of Euro 2016.
As seen in the video below, White doesn’t reveal a name or go into too much detail, but the rest of panel on the show were shocked over the revelation.
"He phoned his agent to try and get out of it"
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) November 10, 2016
England have underperformed at the major tournaments for many years now and their elimination at Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland was certainly a kick in the teeth for them and a huge embarrassment.
However, it’s difficult to really believe that any of the players selected by then manager Roy Hodgson would have wanted to leave the camp on the cusp of the tournament getting underway.
That is a view shared by many of those who commented on the video, with White receiving a negative response for putting a story out there without backing it up with facts or even naming the player.
In all fairness, it does seem pretty random and is good for shock value, but without knowing anything further, it could all be a much of a muchness and is unfair on the players that did want to be there and gave it their all to make it a successful summer.
— Neil Hayden (@neilhayden73) November 10, 2016
— FairerPlay (@FairerPlay) November 10, 2016
— Kev McAlpine (@Kev_McAlpine) November 10, 2016
— David Batty (@davechippy25) November 10, 2016