Roy Hodgson has now unveiled his full European Championship squad after only recently being appointed manager of the England team.
Most recently coach of the West Bromwich Albion side, and second favourite for many behind Harry Redknapp for the national side, Hodgson has today announced the side he will be taking to the Euros.
The lineup he has announced is:
GK: Hart, Green, Ruddy
DF: Johnson, Jones, Terry, Lescott, Cahill, Cole, Baines
MD: Walcott, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gerrard, Barry, Lampard, Parker, Young, Milner
ST: Rooney, Carroll, Welbeck, Defoe
Update: Gerrard has been announced as captain for the team.
A slightly controversial, but similar to previously selected England squad. The inclusion of a poor form Downing is questionable, and the occlusion of Crouch, Lennon, Sturridge and Micah Richards is noticeable, and will only be called upon of Hodgson’s national (in)experience with England.
Addressing a press conference, Hodgson admitted that the leaving out of Richards was due to the loss of Walker to a toe injury. He praised Jones for his recent performances and “based on a footballing decision” had to pick him over the Man City defender.
Hodgson is of course the only English speaking, England manager who has never played football at a professional level. We can only wait to see what impact this has on the national side, but from a league view his 2008-09 season with Fulham was hailed ‘Fulham’s best ever’ with their qualification for the Europa Cup, and multiple nominations for Manager of the Season.
If it was myself in charge (which would never happen, but a man can dream) my starting XI would be:
DF: Cole, Lescott, Terry, Richards
MD: Milner, Parker, Lampard, Young
ST: Rooney, Sturridge
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