Wednesday, May 16, 2012
After all the waiting and expectation the England squad for Euro 2012 has been announced and sadly it doesn't exactly inspire. Hodgson has gone with some mediocre England under performers such as Stewart Downing and Glenn Johnson, as well as the uncapped 18-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool's Carroll, who seemed incapable of hitting a barn door for most of the 2011/12 season.
But, let's be honest, England are short of some really class players at the moment and whatever squad had been named we would have felt a little underwhelmed.
We don't expect this group of players to make it past the first round in Ukraine but, stranger things have happened and perhaps an England team turning up at a major tournament without the usual crazy expectations of them winning a trophy might inspire some of the experienced older players such as Lampard and Gerrard to play out of their skins.
For the record, here is the provisional 23-man squad for Euro 2012:
Green (West Ham), Hart (Man City) Ruddy (Norwich).
Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Lescott (Man City), Terry (Chelsea).
Barry (Man City), Downing (Liverpool), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Man Utd).
Carroll (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Welbeck (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham).