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Who Should Be In England's Euro 2012 Squad?

Updated on May 11, 2012
Hart.
Hart.

Goalkeepers

Joe Hart

Robert Green

John Ruddy

Joe Hart is a very good first-choice keeper, who could be England's number 1 not just for Euro 2012 but for the next 10 years, and is up there with some of the best in the world, but if he gets an injury or there is any other reason that he can't play, then the backup available to Roy Hodgson is not great.

However, both Robert Green and John Ruddy have had good seasons for West Ham and Norwich respectively.

Richards.
Richards.

Defenders

Micah Richards

Rio Ferdinand

Gary Cahill

Ashley Cole

Phil Jones

Kyle Walker

Joleon Lescott

Leighton Baines

The first choice back four is a mix, with Ferdinand and Cole providing the experience, and Richards and Cahill the youth.

Ashley Cole has been ever-present in the England defence for the last 11 years and is the most reliable defender available. Cahill has had a good half-season since he joined Chelsea, and both him and Ferdinand are solid centre-backs and good on the ball.

Micah Richards was out of favour with Fabio Capello for some reason, but now Roy Hodgson is manager he should be first choice right back for Euro 2012, after a good season with Manchester City.

Kyle Walker at right-back, Joleon Lescott at centre-back and Leighton Baines at left-back are all reliable cover if injuries mean changes have to be made, while Phil Jones is very versatile, and can play right-back, centre back and centre-midfield.

John Terry should not be in the Euro squad, he is not as good as he was 2 or 3 years ago, has lost his pace and can't play alongside Rio Ferdinand after the racism allegations.

Gerrard.
Gerrard.

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard

Scott Parker

Michael Carrick

Tom Cleverley

Gareth Barry

Frank Lampard

Scott Parker is the reliable holding midfielder who allows the rest of the team to play, while Carrick is the passer and Gerrard the attacking midfielder.

Gareth Barry, Tom Cleverley and Frank Lampard can all replace them and do the same job, while Phil Jones can play defensive midfielder if needed.

For the last 8 years the dilemma has been over whether Lampard and Gerrard can play together in the same team, and I think, just in time for Euro 2012, we have realised they can't, because they are both such attacking players that they leave the defence too exposed by bombing forward too often.

But they are both past 30 now, and so probably won't be able to play every game, so they can switch when needed.

Rooney.
Rooney.

Forwards

Theo Walcott

Wayne Rooney

Ashley Young

Danny Welbeck

Grant Holt

Adam Johnson

Rooney is banned for the first two games of Euro 2012, meaning Danny Welbeck will have to lead the line, but Rooney will be straight back in the team for the third game, against Ukraine.

Grant Holt is uncapped but is the 2011-12 season's second highest goal scorer, only Rooney has scored more, so he deserves to be on the plane for Euro 2012.

Young is England's best dribbler, while Walcott has enough pace to threaten any defence, and Adam Johnson can provide cover for either wing.


So that is the 23 man squad that I would take to Euro 2012.

Positions:

3 Goalkeepers

8 Defenders

6 Midfielders

6 Forwards

Players From:

Manchester United: 7

Manchester City: 5

Chelsea: 3

Tottenham: 2

Norwich: 2

West Ham: 1

Everton: 1

Liverpool: 1

Arsenal: 1

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    • BazzaBomb profile image

      BazzaBomb 

      6 years ago

      I mostly agree in relation to the defence because I think Hodgson was wrong over not taking Richards, and I think Terry and Ferdinand are fairly similar in ability. But I personally disagree with Cahill because he was never consdiered England material at Bolton and I feel either Lescott or Shawcross should partner Terry/Ferdinand.

      In relation to the midfield I personally don't like Carrick, I prefer Joe Cole in their for his attacking ability or Cleverely for the passer.

      Up front I agree with you because I too feel Holt should have been picked and so should Adam Johnson. But, I also believe Crouch should have been picked over Welbeck because he has had a prolific season and always scores for England.

    • Drake's Compass profile image

      Drake's Compass 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina - for now

      I agree that this is about as good a list as anyone could come up with. However, I'd feel better about England's chances had Lampard and Cahill not been injured. This Yank's heart is with the Three Lions, but I have a hunch - just a hunch, nothing more - that it may be too late by the time Rooney comes back for the third match after his 2-game red card suspension.

      I have a Euro 2012 prediction column of my own coming later today, so stay tuned. Looking forward to great discussions down the road!

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      AfricaResource 

      6 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      How about a possible inclusion for Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea?

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      Michael Kromwyk 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      This is a good list Jamie and I'm not sure there is many more you could consider. I think that Gary Cahill could have a break out international campaign as I was impressed with his exploits against Barcelona. My only worry is Rooney - if he doesn't fire or gets 'upset' that's the end of him. This is the time for him to step up I think.

      Hope you are going to other national teams - interested in your thoughts on the Dutch team...keen to see my boy from the Toon, Krul, in the final squad! Cheers Michael

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      Weaver 

      6 years ago

      Would include crouch instead of Holt - more proven time at international level and had a good season

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