Rio Ferdinand has been omitted from Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming European Championships, it was revealed today.
Announced on the FA's official site, Arsenal’s uncapped winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made the cut along with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, while Tottenham’s Kyle Walker is out through injury and Peter Crouch and Micah Richards were also left behind.
Liverpool’s Andy Carroll makes the plane - as does his club team-mate Glen Johnson - despite a difficult season in which he scored just nine times in 47 games for the Reds.
England stalwarts Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart, Ashley Cole, James Milner, Gareth Barry also make the cut, as do Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe. Theo Walcott is in the final 23, however there is no room for Aaron Lennon.
Robert Green joins Hart and Ruddy as the third and final goalkeeper in the squad.
Naming his first ever squad as England manager, Hodgson also included John Terry in his 23-man group for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, despite the fact the Chelsea defender will stand trail accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton a week after the final in Kiev.
After being named England boss Hodgson revealed he would speak to both Terry and Ferdinand in order to quell any tensions between the pair, although it is believed the former West Brom boss has only spoken face-to-face with the Chelsea skipper.
Terry was stripped of the captaincy earlier this year for the second time while former boss Fabio Capello stepped down from his role as England manager in February over the FA’s decision to remove the 31-year-old as skipper.
Ferdinand hasn’t featured for England since the 2-2 draw against Switzerland in 2010, while he hasn’t played in a tournament for the Three Lions since the 2006 World Cup.
The 33-year-old, who is expected to announce his international retirement, has 81 caps to his name but has never featured in a European Championships in his 15-year international career.
Back problems have blighted his season, although he has played 30 league games for United, while club manager Sir Alex Ferguson recently expressed his doubt’s over the former West Ham defender’s ability to play numerous games in quick succession because of his long history of back problems.
Hodgson has also moved to cancel a four-day training camp in Malaga next week ahead of his first game in charge in a friendly against Norway in ten days time, the FA have confirmed.
England get their campaign underway on Monday June 11 against France.
England squad for Euro 2012:
J Hart, R Green, J Ruddy, G Johnson, P Jones, J Terry, J Lescott, G Cahill, A Cole, L Baines, T Walcott, S Downing, A Oxlade-Chamberlain, S Gerrard, G Barry, F Lampard, S Parker, A Young, J Milner, J Defoe, W Rooney, D Welbeck, A Carroll
Replacements: Jack Butland, Phil Jagielka, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge
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