A matter of weeks after being ‘parachuted’ into the job as he put it Roy Hodgson completed his first major task as England manager this week, when he announced his 23 man squad for this summer’s European Championships in Poland & Ukraine.
The biggest surprise was the omission of former captain Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand while Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy, who is due to get married on the day England play a warm up against Belgium, and Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the two new additions to the squad.
While a lot of pundits predicted five strikers to be selected Hodgson has gone for four. Wayne Rooney, suspended for England’s first two games, is joined up front by his Manchester United team mate Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and the £35 million man Andy Carroll.
England play two friendlies against Norway and Belgium before heading to Poland to prepare for their opening fixture of the tournament against France on June 11th.
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The squad in full:
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.