Roy Hodgson's shakeup of the England national football team has already begun.
According to Sky Sports, the outgoing West Bromwich Albion boss will not carry Manchester United central defender Rio Ferdinand and Tottenham Hotspur right back Kyle Walker with the Three Lions squad to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine this summer:
Sky sources: Rio Ferdinand to be left out of England's Euro 2012 squad. Kyle Walker misses out through injury. More to follow.— Sky Sports (@SkySports) May 15, 2012
Ferdinand's absence comes amidst a measure of controversy. Hodgson was essentially left to choose between Ferdinand and Chelsea skipper John Terry due to bad blood between the two stemming from Terry's alleged racial abuse toward Anton Ferdinand, Rio's younger brother, during the English Premier League season. Terry is scheduled to stand trial on those charges after Euro 2012.
Then again, legendary Man U manager Sir Alex Ferguson had recently raised his own doubts about Ferdinand's fitness for the Three Lions when speaking to The Independent. The 33-year-old Ferdinand had not featured for England since a 2-2 draw against Switzerland last June.
The decision on Walker, on the other hand, was entirely predictable. Walker, the PFA Young Player of the Year, left Sunday's season finale against Fulham with an ankle injury that has since proven to be more serious than originally anticipated.