Here cometh the Euro 2012 England squad declaration by Roy Hodgson. Shocking exclusions and suprise debuts for many players. Here is the fresh-faced new look of Englan squad for Euro 2012.
London / NationalTurk – Suspense and drama for the glorious march towards the Euro 2012 trophy started today, as England manager Roy Hodgson announces his new England squad Euro 2012.
Euro 2012 England Squad : Hodgson makes fianal adjustments
Word is that Rio Ferdinand, Micah Richards and Peter Crouch have been left out of Euro 2012 England squad to be replaced by the liles of a goalkeeper John Ruddy, Liverpool’s Stuart Downing, and Newcastle’s Oxlade-Chamberlain who have been called up but the England manager has yet to confirm his selection publicly. So the suspense lingers and so does the captaincy. Steven Gerard reappointed as captain.
Uefa limiting squad sizes for Euro 2012 to 23 players what adds to the suspense. The more players you bring, the bigger your logistical and man-management worries, of course, but why does Uefa not let each participating country decide on their own strategy. A universal quota of 23 seems arbitrary and pointless, except that it creates exciting cut-offs like the one Roy Hodgson is going to talk us through today.
England Euro 2012 squad : Center of debate Striker position
Whichever strikers Roy Hodgson takes will represent a gamble. Even bringing Wayne Rooney is slightly risky given that he’ll miss the first two games due to his ban he received after being sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic during a 2-2 draw with Montenegro in October. But it would be a bigger risk to leave Rooney at home. After him, who? Daniel Welbeck seems a good bet. And has Andy Carroll’s promising end to the season for Liverpool convinced Roy Roy Hodgson he’s the targetman he wants to appoint? Should he gamble on the fitness of Darren Bent ( who will miss Euro 2012 due to his ankle injury) , the self-indulgence of Daniel Sturridge, the inconsistency of Jermain Defoe, the form of Bobby Zamora, the callowness of Rickie Lambert? How about the rawness of Grant Holt, who was the second-highest English scorer in the Premier League this 2011-2012 season and the joint-highest fouler? Is it true that Roy Hodgson has always been an admirer of Carlton Cole and just how far is he willing to push his luck?
England squad for Euro 2012 : Old or new for midfield, criticism for Ferdinand decison
And what of England Euro 2012 squad’s midfield? Will the wild card be old ( ancient even) or new, i.e. Paul Scholes or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Or both? Or neither. Some say the Ox should be carted along instead of Theo Walcott. I think that’s crazy talk – both should go. Stewart Downing, on the other hand, should not. Will Scott Parker be fit? Have Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard got another Euro tournament left in them?
And at the back, will John Terry be left out, signalling a shift to a new central defence, featuring Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott or Phil Jagielka? Or what about Anton Ferdinand? Roy Hodgson acknowledged he was always going to upset a few people by omitting Rio Ferdinand from England’s Euro 2012 squad – but was buoyed by Gary Cahill’s performance in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.