Roy Hodgson has honoured his words to bring to the Euros the majority of players who helped Fabio Capello to achieve the qualification to next month's tournament. He has named a very experienced squad with few exceptions.
The third goalkeeper will be John Ruddy from Norwich. Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the new faces that will join the squad. Looking at the list of players it is quite shocking to see an heavy Liverpool presence also considered that the Reds have flopped badly this season. Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard were the obvious choices but question marks remains on the likes of Steward Downing who didn't score a single goal this season or Andy Carroll. We need to say though that this is not the final list as the England manager would still need to make some cuts before the team can board the plan to the Euros.
In the football betting market Downing had been backed at 3.0 to get the chop whilst Andy Carroll is at 3.30. In the earlier hours of yesterday there have been speculations that Paul Scholes will be also involved in the squad but those proved to be misguided as the Manchester United midfielder wasn't included.
The high-profile absentee was Rio Ferdinand who immediately expressed via Twitter his disappointment for this decision. It looks like that Roy Hodgson took this decision after the player expresses reluctance to play alongside John Terry. The Chelsea captain has been confirmed in the team however it is very unlikely he will be included in the starting eleven in the debut match against France.
At centre back Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott were also selected and they shouldn't be risking the cut. Up front, Jermain Defoe will be benefitting from Darren Bent's injury problems and the Spurs striker will be in competition with Andy Carroll.
As predicted, Steve Gerrard has now been confirmed captain and he will lead the team out against France in Donetsk the 11th June. England have never won this competition and punters are not heavily backing the Three Lions to win as there are much more solid sides in the tournament like Spain and Germany. England are at the moment fourth favourite to win Euro 2012 and can be backed at 12.50.
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