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GMF Picks: England’s Euro 2012 squad

Hodgson names his squad next week (©GettyImages)
Hodgson names his squad next week (©GettyImages).

Roy Hodgson is expected to announce his first ever England squad on Wednesday, with the former West Brom boss charged with small task of guiding a feuding, out of form, captain-less group of 23 players to glory at Euro 2012 this summer.

 

Hodgson, who was revealed as the Three Lions boss earlier this month, has plenty of selection headaches ahead of his team’s first game of the tournament against France on June 11.

 

Can he select both John Terry and Rio Ferdinand in the same squad? Does Andy Carroll merit a seat on the plane? And who is going to cover for Wayne Rooney while the Manchester United striker is suspended for England's opening two games of the tournament?

 

Well fret no more Roy, you can kick back with a weighty John Updike novel and ponder the work of Wassily Kandinsky while the GMF team do your dirty work and give their versions of England's squad for the European Championships.

 

Brendan Simpson

 


Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, John Ruddy, Ben Foster

 

Defenders

Micah Richards, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand

 

Midfielders

Scott Parker, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, Stewart Downing, James Milner, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young

 

Forwards

Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Grant Holt

"People may question the exclusion of John Terry and the inclusion of Rio Ferdinand, but it was necessary. They can't both be there due to what is going on and Terry's presence when a court case is set to follow directly after the tournament will be a distraction. There is also the question of his effectiveness; a congested end of season has seen him play in every game he isn't injured for and he already looks exhausted.

 

"I only picked three strikers because there are enough midfielders who can play wide as well as through the middle if a formation change is needed. Grant Holt is in because it's not necessarily a bad thing to have a 'big man' on the bench and he has been playing brilliantly for most of the season."

 

Paul Bailey

 


Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Robert Green

 

Defenders

Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines

 

Midfielders

Theo Walcott, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker, Ashley Young, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Gareth Barry

 

Forwards

Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Danny Welbeck, Darren Bent

 

"Phil Jones pips Micah Richards for the 'utility' right-back and centre-back role. I think Jones is better suited to international football and could also potentially play in midfield. John Terry’s club partnership with Gary Cahill makes him an ideal candidate to start alongside the former Bolton man at the back – but Rio is out; the 33-year-old hasn’t played enough games this season.

 

"Crouch is a better option than Carroll for the role of England’s ‘big man up top’ - the 6ft 7in striker is proven at international level."

 

Mark Bollons

 


Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, Ben Foster, John Ruddy

 

Defenders

Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Micah Richards, Kyle Walker, Joleon Lescott

 

Midfielders

Scott Parker, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Theo Walcott

 

Forwards

Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Andy Carroll

"Rio Ferdinand was the only omission of note in defence, the rest were self-explanatory. Matthew Etherington has constantly shown an ability to create chances for his team-mates, and gets the nod ahead of Stewart Downing. The other decisions are fairly straightforward.

"Up-front, Andy Carroll's impact off the bench in the FA Cup shows his value against top teams when a change is needed, whilst Welbeck and Sturridge provide support in either a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 formation."

Will Haine

 


Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Robert Green.

 

Defenders

Kyle Walker, Micah Richards, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines.

 

Midfielders

Scott Parker, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Gareth Barry, Joe Cole, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Johnson

 

Forwards

Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe

"John Terry gets the nod ahead of Rio Ferdinand due to his club partnership with Gary Cahill. Joe Cole is a slightly sentimental inclusion, but this season he has played relatively injury free and with a confidence unseen for some time. Cole also provides Roy Hodgson with a variety of options in midfield."

 

Patrick Surlis

 


Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, Robert Green, Scott Carson

 

Defenders

Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Micah Richards, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones

 

Midfielders

Gareth Barry, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Young, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard

 

Forwards

Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Darren Bent

"John Terry is a magnet for media attention at major tournaments. I'd leave him at home, his performances on the pitch hardly make a strong case for his inclusion and he's more hassle than his worth now. England have top young centre-halves that are more deserving of a chance.

 

"Up front, Darren Bent's the finisher that England lack and as long as he's fit, he's a better bet than perennial bench-warmer Jermaine Defoe. Andy Carroll loses out to Peter Crouch. Neither suit England's best formation but if England are to have a plan "B", Crouch has proven himself at international level. Carroll's had three decent games in a otherwise forgettable season.

 

"England's centre midfielders are pretty settled but out wide I picked Oxlade-Chamberlain. If England need to change a game, I'd rather see the Arsenal winger coming off the bench than Aaron Lennon or Stewart Downing. Adam Johnson's also there because he makes an impact every time he comes off the bench for City."

 

Pete South

 


Goalkeepers

Joe Hart, John Ruddy, Ben Foster

 

Defenders

Kyle Walker, Micah Richards, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines, Phil Jones

 

Midfielders

Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frank Lampard, Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, Steven Gerrard, Aaron Lennon

 

Forwards

Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge

 

"The fact that Rio Ferdinand has struggled to play games in quick succession this season because of his on-going back problems means he will struggle at an international tournament so is out, while Terry may be a divisive presence but he has played well this season, especially against Europe's finest in the Champions League which could prove invaluable -  he deserves his place.

 

"Aaron Lennon is in by virtue of the out-and-out natural width he provides and the impact he has had when fit with Tottenham, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain adds a bit of excitement and an element of the unknown, and Andy Carroll is the future, Peter Crouch is not, so he may as well get some tournament experience now."

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