Monday 18 December 2017

Jagielka gets nod after Barry forced to withdraw

Roy Hodgson lost the second member of his original 23-man Euro 2012 squad to injury yesterday when Gareth Barry was forced to withdraw after scans revealed the extent of damage in a stomach muscle torn during Saturday's friendly win over Norway.

Barry will be replaced in the squad by Everton's Phil Jagielka, taking the number of defenders back up to the orthodox eight from the original seven, although with Phil Jones capable of operating in midfield. It is the first time that Jagielka (29) has been selected in a tournament squad.

Hodgson has to submit his 23-man squad to Uefa at 11.0 this morning with Jack Butland in for injured Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.

The England manager is confident that Danny Welbeck, Scott Parker and Glen Johnson have all sufficiently recovered from their injury problems not to be concerns.

The rest of the England squad meets today, with Wayne Rooney as well as the Chelsea contingent of Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill joining up with the rest of the players for the first time.

Irish Independent

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