1. Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's best player. England's best player.
Unfortunately for the Three Lions, Rooney will miss their opening two fixtures in the tournament, vs. France and Sweden, due to receiving a direct red card in England's final qualifying game against Montenegro.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 1/100
There is no way Wayne Rooney will not be included in England's Euro 2012 squad. Even if his original ban of three matches had been upheld, Rooney would still have travelled as a part of the squad, because let's face it, Rooney is the talisman for English football.
He will be sorely missed in the opener against France, but look for Wazza to come back with a vengeance against Ukraine on June 19th.
2. Andy Carroll
As flops go, Andy Carroll should thank his lucky stars for Fernando Torres. Had it not been for Torres' sensationally disastrous £50-million move from Liverpool to Chelsea, the £35-million Anfield striker may have been subject to even greater criticism for his recent form (or lack thereof). Scoring just five goals in 28 appearances for the Reds, Carroll has lost his scoring touch since leaving Tyneside.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 8/5
Andy Carroll will almost certainly be selected for the provisional 30-man shortlist squad at the very least. His height, combined with his scoring prowess in his last two seasons with Newcastle have demonstrated his amazing potential, but capitalising on this in order to improve on his current tally of three England caps may be easier said than done.
3. Jermain Defoe
Spurs syndrome has run wilder than Hulkamania in this slideshow, but I really do feel that big Harry may just sway towards his current/former players when selecting his squad for the Euro 2012 tournament.
Jermain Defoe has proven to be a prolific goalscorer at both club and international level, and 15 goals in 46 international appearances should be enough to ensure a nod for the 5'7" striker.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 3/1
With Rooney absent for the first two group matches, I see Redknapp going with the little and large combination of Carroll and Defoe up front in order to make the most of the width Johnson and Lennon will provide. Even with Rooney back, Defoe may find a place in the side, fitting into the Javier Hernandez sort of poacher mould, which Manchester United currently employ.
4. Darren Bent
With a league goal-scoring record of exactly 0.5 per game for Aston Villa, and having scored four from 13 appearances for England, it is fair to label Darren Bent as a reliable goal scorer. Described as lazy by some, the Aston Villa poacher has found a great knack for being in the right place at the right time in order to find space and prod the ball home from short distances.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 5/1
Despite in his final season with Tottenham Hotspur finishing as their top goalscorer, Harry Redknapp's relationship with Bent was a fraught one. The comment "my missus could have scored that one" is hardly redeeming praise for your club's No. 9, so expect there to still be some lingering hard feelings between the two.
5. Danny Welbeck
Having just been promoted from the under-21s, Danny Welbeck has appeared only as a substitute for the full national side so far. Impressive form for Manchester United this season, though, combined with an especially noteworthy loan spell at Sunderland last season, should give Harry Redknapp food for thought in terms of utilizing Welbeck as a striker this summer.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 10/1
Welbeck has scored some fantastic goals already this season, and if his current performances are to continue, it can surely only be a matter of time before an extended run in the full England team.
6. Bobby Zamora
Before January, many would have imagined Bobby Zamora to be nailed on for an England place in the summer by now.
Under Martin Jol, Fulham look a far more positive side, capable of playing exciting and flowing football—the partnership shared by Zamora and fellow Englishman Andrew Johnson was also extremely promising for England fans. Zamora switching to relegation-threatened QPR, then, may be considered a questionable decision.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 12/1
Zamora scored on his debut for Rangers last week against Wolves, but the club still face relegation from the Premier League square in the face. A man described as being an awkward character to deal with in the dressing room, Zamora's move may have been more a case of cutting off the nose to spite the face, in moving to a club where he will get even fewer opportunities to score goals and win matches.
7. Peter Crouch
The seemingly forgotten man in English football. Lest we forget, Peter Crouch is one of the most prolific goalscorers in England history with 22 goals from just 42 competitive matches. The 6'7" Stoke striker last appeared for England vs. France in November, 2010.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 14/1
After having failed to appear for England in over a year, Crouch as himself stated that he "does not carry much hope" of receiving any further call-ups from England. Aged just 31, though, and with impressive league form, it is difficult to see why England would not use such a major and unique asset in June to ensure goals.
8. Emile Heskey
The butt of England fan jokes for over a decade, the now internationally-retired Aston Villa striker mustered just seven goals in 62 international appearances for England. This, however, did not stop Heskey from being selected for and competing in five major international tournaments for England between 1999 and 2010.
Odds on making the 23-man squad: 50/1
The selection of Emile Heskey in 2010 was both infuriating and hilarious in equal measure. His inclusion makes me wonder whether there is a cigarette company bearing his name, and every England manager has unfortunately had to include him after writing the team sheet on the back of a fag packet (Mike Bassett: England Manager-style)—if Heskey appears at Euro 2012 in any sort of playing capacity, please do not be surprised to see Tony Benson and Chris Hedges, or Steve Lambert and Fred Butler also appear (if you haven't seen the film, I urge you, please do!).