Sunday 22 October 2017

Rio Ferdinand out and Andy Carroll in as England name Euro 2012 squad

Andy Carroll and Rio Ferdinand. Photo: Getty Images
Andy Carroll and Rio Ferdinand. Photo: Getty Images

RIO Ferdinand has been left out of England's Euro 2012 squad.

As had been widely reported, the Manchester United defender's name was missing from Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad when it was unveiled by the Football Association today.



Ferdinand's long-time central defensive partner John Terry was included, which will force Hodgson on to the back foot when he speaks to the media at 2pm.



Hodgson sprang a couple of surprises, handing Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich keeper John Ruddy their first call-ups.



Birmingham keeper Jack Butland was among the list of five standby players, which also included Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka and Jordan Henderson.



No captain was listed on the official squad list, although midfield trio Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker are amongst the obvious candidates.



As expected, Liverpool's Andy Carroll has squeezed in thanks to his late season form surge.



He is joined in the striking department by Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe, who has not started a competitive game for England since September 2010.



Hodgson had already indicated he would take Wayne Rooney, even though the Manchester United striker is suspended for the first two games of the tournament.



Goalkeepers - Green (West Ham), Hart (Man City) Ruddy (Norwich).



Defenders - Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Lescott (Man City), Terry (Chelsea).



Midfielders - Barry (Man City), Downing (Liverpool), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Man Utd).



Forwards - Carroll (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Welbeck (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham).



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