England manager Hodgson names Euro 2012 squad

The Northern Echo: IN: Andy Carroll IN: Andy Carroll

The Northern Echo: England squad

The Northern Echo: Stewart Downing STEWART DOWNING and Andy Carroll have been included in the England squad for this summer's European Championships - but there is no Adam Johnson.

New England boss Roy Hodgson has announced the 23 players that he will take to the Euros in Poland and Ukraine next month.

And, while leaving out Rio Ferdinand has caused the biggest stir nationally, the omission of Easington-born Johnson is the North-East shock.

The former Middlesbrough winger, who has not been a regular in Manchester City's Premier League title success, has been overlooked to accomodate other wingers.

Downing, Johnson's former team-mate at Middlesbrough, has been named in the squad along with his Gateshead-born Liverpool colleague Carroll.

While Ferdinand has not been included Hodgson has named Chelsea skipper John Terry in the group. The other real surprise is the inclusion of winger Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Hodgson's first game in charge will be the friendly with Belgium at Wembley on June 2. They will then face France in their opening group game of Euro 2012 in 26 days time.

Johnson and former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson are among five players placed on stand-by along with Phil Jagielka, Jack Butland and Daniel Sturridge.

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1:41pm Wed 16 May 12

skyewalker says...

Another early exit for england, same old faces again Terry , lampard etc
Another early exit for england, same old faces again Terry , lampard etc skyewalker
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12:38am Sat 19 May 12

Darlo1883 says...

Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson, two of the most over rated players in our Premier League. Why not get some of the lower league teams that have 'over achieved' this season and get them the chance to pull on an England shirt. Why 3 forwards seen as Rooney misses the first two games. Absolute madness! Lamps and Gerrard cant play together so great idea lets take them again!
Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson, two of the most over rated players in our Premier League. Why not get some of the lower league teams that have 'over achieved' this season and get them the chance to pull on an England shirt. Why 3 forwards seen as Rooney misses the first two games. Absolute madness! Lamps and Gerrard cant play together so great idea lets take them again! Darlo1883
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