Three players should have been in England’s Euro 2012 roster when New England manager Roy Hodgson this afternoon named his squad for this summer’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
There have been some surprise inclusions and omissions to a squad that will be in a group alongside France, Ukraine and Sweden.
Here is the whole squad:
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, captain), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Strikers: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).
The omission that will get the most headlines is that of Rio Ferdinand. The Manchester United defender has been left out of the squad ‘”for footballing reasons” said new manager Hodgson during a press conference on Wednesday.
Others will probably have the view that he and John Terry would have been unable to collaborate in the same squad never mind the same team.
Here are the three players, though, who I think deserve the chance to be on the plane to Poland.