5 England Players who Should Be in the Squad

2. Rio Ferdinand

Update: 10.06.12

Hodgson said is his press conference today that he prefered to get a young inexperienced player to warm the bench than having to bench a player with a bigger reputation and ego who may not take quite as warmly to a bit part role but the counter arguement is that we bring the strongest team and players no matter what.

Roy Hodgson insists thats Rio's exclusion is purely for Footballing reasons, amidst mass speculation that it is his rift with John Terry that is responsible for him not getting a callup.

I get that hes getting old now and may not have the same fitness as he used to but lets not forget that Italy won the world cup with a defensive back four older than the Dinosaurs themselves. He has been a regular feature within the Manchester United back four still this season and his experience and cool head under pressure makes him invaluable, i still think his injury leading up to the 2010 world cup in South africa was a huge loss to England and who knows he may have been able to prevent us conceding 4.. yes four goals against Germany.

Cristiano Ronaldo has recently shown support towards Rio insisting he is the best defender England have and one of the best in the world still

http://www.givemefootball.com/internationals/ronaldo-bemused-by-ferdinand-omission

http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/ronaldo-shocked-by-rio-euro-absence

http://www.givemefootball.com/premier-league/ferdinand-happy-with-fitness

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3.

Is one of the only Manchester City players who has managed to keep his place since the mass investment from the Saudi's, this is testiment to his ability and i felt sure when he first hit the scene that he would have secured an England spot by now, hes big strong and fast and i certainly wouldnt complain to see him in an England shirt.

The one that got away with it

Glen Johnson

Do you think Micah Richards should be in the EURO Squad?

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One of the most exciting players in English football in a long time. Only ever comes on the final 20 minutes for both club and country but always manages to impose himself on the game cutting on that left foot and either scoring or coming mightily close.

He is direct, positive and has the ability to take on his man and carries a real goal threat. Theres a real freshness about Adam Johnson and this is the player i am most amazed isnt a definite within the squad, i would even go as far as giving him a regular first team place.

Perhaps his downfall is that its quite easy to forget about Adam since hes being continually wasted on the Man City, if City dont give him a more important role this season he needs to move clubs because he could be a key player for most clubs.

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5. Joe Cole

Joe Cole was a wonderkid and being a left sided England midfielder was like gold-dust, hes very technically gifted and always players with a optomistic direct approach but somewhere along the way we lost faith in him.... why?

Just because the super rich Chelsea only considered him a rotation player and then he went and had a bad few games at Liverpool does not change the fact that Joe Cole is still the best naturally left sided midfielder we have.

The one that got away with it

Stewart downing

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England International Peformance

10 goals to Downings 0 and i still remember Joe Coles belter vs Sweden in a tournament where Joe Cole was probably our best player

Club History

Joe Cole has more goals in 9 apps for Liverpool than Downing has in 28 apps
Joe Cole has more goals in 9 apps for Liverpool than Downing has in 28 apps

If you could take only 1 of these 5 players, which would it be?

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Do you think Phil Jagielka should be in the EURO Squad?

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Has never been anything but reliable for England.... Lets not forget it was the heroics of him and Joleon Lescott who neutralized arguably the most potent international attack force in recent history (Spain) as England managed to hold out for a 1 - 0 win in an international friendly recently. Jag's reward for that... not even on the plane.

Update : Jag got another game again last night England vs Norway (International Friendly) and once again another clean sheet from him and Lescott... the argument for him to play is building.

UPDATE: WELL IT WOULD SEEM THAT ROY HODGSON IS A KEEN FOLLOWER AND HAS LISTENED TO OUR OPINIONS ON PHIL JAGIELKA, KEEP EM COMING

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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

I've never really rated Stewart Downing, and Joe Cole has always had that flair factor that many England players lack. Apparently Rio has been dropped in favour of Terry. Personally, I would have done it the other way round, a bully like Terry doesn't deserve to be in the England team. Hope he's not made captain!


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

I think that Joe Cole has reasons to be disappointed in not making the squad as he would add flair.

Terry v Rio - I'd rather have Terry in my side even though he is a bully, he is still better than the Rio of today. Cheers Michael


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

There is one main reason i would have Terry in any lineup... He tries to block point blank shots, with his head!


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bewhuebner 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

I was quite surprised that Hodgson didn't elect to take Jagielka... I've always liked him as a defender, even though he's had injury problems at times... Happy to see that he selected Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal though... He's quite young (18, I think) and has great speed down the lines... I'll be watching him closely... Great hub though, CCahill! Voted up!


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Oxlade chamberlain is exciting glad he got a call cos recent managers have ignored such players (Think walcott)


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

Richards should have been in Adam Johnson I'm not sure he hasn't exactly played loads this year. Leaving Ferdinand out was the right idea, and if he didn't go Terry had to to give us part of our backbone of experience. I haven't seen anything of Joey Cole since he left Liverpool so unsure there. I think Crouch is more of a person to have cause for disappointment, being picked behind Carrol is a joke, and even Defoe who has started all of about 6 games this season. Jaglielka was unlucky but I wouldn't take out Cahill, Terry or Lescott for him, and after all he probably wouldn't even feature the whole tournament even if they did take him. Also as far as standbys go, how on earth has Henderson been picked, he is nothing short of useless, Carrick and Cole are much better options amongst many other people. The worrying thing is Parker may not be fit for it and then Henderson will go! Great hub though


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Agree with you mate, I was also gonna put Carrick and Crouch in this list

Carrick - A regular in the Manchester United squad

Crouch - One of the best ever goals to games ratio for england

Jagielka... Yeah gotta agree with ya again, hes good but then i guess 'Who would ya leave out for him' the other CB's would have been just as disapointed not to go so


waleed 4 years ago

micah richards shud have been included ...... totally disappointed :/


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

So Jagielka got a game vs Norway last night, renews debate about wether he should go to the EURO's, once again ANOTHER clean sheet for him and Lescott


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Jagielka now in the Squad, We spoke and Roy listened ;)


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

4 center halves is a bit much, especially when Jones can play there as well, with the way things are going I am not turning my mobile off for the next few days.... you never know!


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Yeah 5 CB's to fill 2 positions, he'll end up sticking us in a 5-3-2

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