Norway vs. England: Picking Roy Hodgson's Starting XI for Euro 2012 Warmup

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Norway vs. England: Picking Roy Hodgson's Starting XI for Euro 2012 Warmup
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After the hoohah that surrounded his appointment as England manager and the furore sparked by his first ever squad selection, it will be interesting to see Roy Hodgson's first team selection when his players line up in Norway on Saturday.

There was some consternation surrounding certain names picked and others omitted from the list of players heading to Euro 2012, but the sad truth is that any manager would struggle to pick a squad that had England looking like world-beaters.

Hodgson is even more hamstrung for the trip to Oslo by the fact that several players are missing. Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson could miss out this weekend while Wayne Rooney and the four-strong Chelsea contingent will definitely not be involved.

No matter how much rhetoric there may be about it only being a warmup match and the result not mattering, a defeat in Norway would be a blow for both Hodgson's start to life in the job and England's tournament preparations. Therefore, debuts for the uncapped John Ruddy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be saved for the second half, if not the June 2 game against Belgium at Wembley, if at all.

Hodgson loves a 4-4-2, but given the players he has available, we may see England line up in a 4-2-3-1, which is how the XI here is assembled.

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