16th of May 2012 Author: Glo Wood
England boss Roy Hodgson has announced the squad for the European Championship on Wednesday.
Four players from champions Manchester City were included, with another one in the standby players list.
Here are the names:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Standby players: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
The surprise is that there are quite a few youngsters included, even two less famous ones, both uncapped: 18-year old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal and goalkeeper John Ruddy from Norwich. Rio Ferdinand, a long-time England international, was left out of the squad. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard will be the team captain.
The bookmakers have England as joint fourth favourites to win the tournament, so it's reasonable to say that the minimum expectation would be for them to reach the semi finals.
The following are the Euro 2012 outright odds from Intertops:
Czech Republic 50/1
Republic of Ireland 66/1
Prior to leaving for the finals, England will play Norway in Oslo on 26 May and then welcome Belgium to Wembley on 2 June. They will kick off UEFA EURO 2012 Group D against France in Donetsk on June 11th, where they return to face co-hosts Ukraine after a trip to Kyiv for an encounter with Sweden. Wayne Rooney will not play against France and Sweden as he has to serve a two-match suspension.
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