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Roy Hodgson names his 23-man England squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United), John Ruddy (Norwich City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermaine Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Wellbeck (Manchester United)

Chamberlain gets picked after a decent second half with Arsenal, the one surprise is probably Defoe, scored goals at Spurs but wasn't really a starter

Stand-by players in case of injury: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderon (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
 

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Rooney won`t play the first two games for England which of course it is a serious blow and they will have only three options upfront being Defoe and Carrol contested figures while Welbeck sometimes wasn`t even a starter.

Maybe Hodgson should have thought in more options for this sector. But excluding this situation I believe it is a coherent call up.
 

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I am changing my vote :). England won't get out of this group now. I vote for Sweden now. England won;t score against the Swedes or France without Rooney.

And having players like Defoe, Downing and Johnson certainly will not help their cause.
 

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Maybe this is the first time in many years that England doesn`t come favourites by the press and won`t be regarded to do much.
The fact that there won`t be this extra pressure might help the team to feel more comfortable even without Rooney. But I must agree that the team loses a lot of its punch without him especially with the ones that were fielded. This means that Hodgson might play with a packed midfield and in counterattack style, with Defoe upfront alone and playing Gerrard in a more offensive role.
 

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I have officially pick the French to win it all! Even though the contenders are many, i think they are possibly the strongest back line of the top teams, as long as Mexes doesn;t start, if Mexes then that goes out the window.:pp
 

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Discussion Starter #30 (Edited)
Pre-Euro FRIENDLIES involving teams from Group D:

26 May
Norway 0-1 ENGLAND in Oslo
(Ashley Young 9')

27 May
FRANCE 3-2 Iceland in Valenciennes
(Debuchy 52', Ribery 85', Rami 87'; Bjarnasson 28', Sigthorsson 34')

28 May
UKRAINE 4-0 Estonia in Kufstein (AUT)
(Yarmolenko 9', Gusev 34' pen., Voronin 41', Milevskiy 50')

30 May
SWEDEN 3-2 Iceland in Gothenburg
(Ibrahimovic 2', Toivonen 14', Wilhelmsson 77'; Sigthorsson 27', Jonasson 90'+3')

31 May
FRANCE vs Serbia in Reims

1 June
Austria vs UKRAINE in Innsbruck

2 June
ENGLAND vs Belgium in London

5 June
SWEDEN vs Serbia in Solna
FRANCE vs Estonia in Le Mans
Turkey vs UKRAINE in Ingolstadt (AUT)
 

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Interesting games here.

Wonder how Rodgson will field England for the game against Norway. Maybe he will test a team without Rooney since that will be his reality in a first moment, on the other hand it is important for him to start with a victory to boost the teams morale after the Capello departure.
 

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Looks like Carroll is going to start at the Euros
Probably since Hodgson like to play with a typical number 9 and he is the only one in the squad.
The question is if he will be left alone upfront or there will be another forward with him.
 

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Sweden cruising over Iceland, 2-0 after only 15'. The second goal deserves to be seen as Zlatan just did a very naughty thing to that poor Icelandic RB. :eekani:
 

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Sweden beat Iceland 3-2, just like France, but unlike the French they dominated the whole game and scored some really nice goals. Check Zlatan's assist on the second one...

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I'm looking at that England squad and it looks pretty average. How anyone can say they rate this England team above Sweden let alone France is spectacularly blind or bias.

I would not be surprised if they end up bottom of this group.
 

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I fancy Ukraine and also Poland to advance through their groups.
 
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