England’s Euro 2012 Squad: My Reaction

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Taken from Umbro

Roy Hodgson announced his England squad on Wednesday the 16th of May, and I was quite surprised by a few of the selections. 

Here is the squad in full.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Ruddy… terrific season with Norwich (Taken from the Guardian)

I can obviously understand why Joe Hart has been chosen as his form has been fantastic for Barclays Premier League winners Manchester City, as he only conceded 10 goals at the Etihad Stadium all season. 

Rob Green, again has had a good season for nPower Championship play-off winners West Ham United. Ruddy has also had a terrific season for newly promoted Norwich, who finished the season on 47 points, the same as 11th places Swansea and West Brom who occupied the 10th spot. 

Players who missed out: David James (Free agent) he had a poor, error stricken season for Bristol City this season and Scott Carson (Bursaspor), no surprise that he wasn’t included. 

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea) 

Johnson… surprise inclusion (Taken from Liv4Liverpool)

Leighton Baines is an obvious choice for a back-up left back if Cole got injured, Baines has had a solid season too. Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and John Terry have seemed to have formed a decent, strong partnership over the course of the season, this could be a great help to England’s defence. Joleon Lescott has also played very well this season. 

Glen Johnson is a real surprise for me, as I thought that Micah Richards was a stronger fit for the right back position, as he had a very strong season. But Johnson has proved that he can do it at international level, though. Phil Jones has also been good this season, but I’m not sure if he is good enough at right back. 

Players who missed out

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)- This was due to injury. 

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)- I was incredibly surprised by this, as he is a terrific player, bit out of order not to include him. 

Micah Richards (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and Captain), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin (Arsenal), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United) 

Downing…. bizarre call-up (Taken from the Guardian)

Gareth Barry has played almost every, if not every game during the qualifying period. I am very confused as to how on earth Downing got into the squad after getting zero goals and zero assists during the 2011/12 campaign. 

How Adam Johnson missed out I will never understand. Steven Gerrard, obvious choice for Hodgson’s captain, and he will be a key figure out on the pitch along with Frank Lampard and Parker. 

Oxlade-Chamberlin has played very well for Arsenal, and looks to be a decent young player. I saw him against Iceland in an England u-21 match and he was fantastic. Walcott, again had a good season along with Young, these need to play well in Poland and Ukraine though. 

Players who missed out

Adam Johnson (Manchester City) 

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) 

Paul Scholes (Manchester United) 

Other than Johnson, the other two are not really strong enough.

Strikers: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Welbeck…. played well this season (Taken from the Guardian)

Carroll has shown some promise in recent weeks, Defoe is a must, and has scored a fair few goals this season, too. Rooney will be instrumental when he comes back from his initial two game suspension, and Danny Welbeck has also played well this season.

Players who missed out 

Bobby Zamora (QPR)

Grant Holt (Norwich)

Peter Crouch (Stoke)

England squad in full

Taken from National Turk

Goalkeepers – Joe Hart, Robert Green, John Ruddy.

Defenders – Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, John Terry.

Midfielders – Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young.

Strikers – Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck.

Standby – Jack Butland, Phil Jagielka, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge.

Written by Adam May
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