Euro 2012: Picking an England XI to Start at the Finals in Ukraine/Poland

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IJune 9, 2011

Euro 2012: Picking an England XI to Start at the Finals in Ukraine/Poland

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Ashley Young of England (C) celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates James Milner (L) and Leighton Baines during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June
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    After failing to qualify for Euro 2008, England currently co-lead Group G in Euro 2012 qualifying with 11 points through five matches.

    So far, England has shown instances of brilliance but has also failed to impress many of their fans with results like the 2-2 draw against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium last Saturday.

    However, assuming that England will qualify for Euro 2012, here is a probable starting lineup for the Three Lions in Poland/Ukraine.

Joe Hart

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    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 31:  Joe Hart of England in action during the U-21 International Friendy Match between England and France at the City Ground on March 31, 2009 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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    After England's failure in last year's World Cup, Joe Hart became the logical replacement for David James in the goal for the Three Lions.

    So far, Hart has continued to impress for England like he does for Manchester City and will certainly be starting in Euro 2012.

Leighton Baines

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Leighton Baines of England in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June 4, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    With the recent demise of Ashley Cole, there is an increased chance that another player will start at left back.

    In steps Everton's Leighton Baines, who has gotten more chances to perform for Fabio Capello over the last couple of months.

    Unless Cole finds a way to regain his form in the next couple of months, Baines will start in Euro 2012 for England.

Rio Ferdinand

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Rio Ferdinand of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Mexico at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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    Even though he has plagued with injuries over the last couple of seasons, Rio Ferdinand is still one of the top center backs in the world and should start for England in Euro 2012.

    When he did play this year for Manchester United, Ferdinand showed that he can still play with the best players in the world. As long as he is healthy, he will play next season in Poland/Ukraine.

John Terry

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 26:  John Terry of England in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group G qualifying match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on March 26, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Despite the constant questions about his form and the infamous affair he had with Wayne Bridge's fiancée last year, John Terry remains one of England's top two center backs, along with Rio Ferdinand.

    Even if Terry's form continues to drop, he will remain England's top option in the back with his tremendous amount of experience, which will be all-too-important for the Three Lions in this tournament.

Glen Johnson

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    PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Glen Johnson of England in action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between Slovenia and England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo b
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    The starting right back for England, Glen Johnson has continued to play well for the Three Lions and should be starting in Euro 2012.

    This tournament can also be a stage where Johnson could have the greatest performance for England in his international career.

Scott Parker

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Scott Parker of England in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June 4, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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    One of the top players in the Premier League last season, Scott Parker became the first English player to earn his four caps while playing for four different clubs (Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Newcastle and now West Ham).

    Parker has continued to star in Fabio Capello's new 4-3-3 formation and should start for the English in Euro 2012 after several strong recent performances.

Steven Gerrard

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Steven Gerrard of England celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the International Friendly match between England and Hungary at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathc
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    England's captain and one of the best players to play for the Three Lions in recent seasons, Steven Gerrard will certainly hold one of the midfield roles in Euro 2012.

    Gerrard has continued to star for England when he isn't injured and will be one of England's most important players in Euro 2012.

Jack Wilshere

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Jack Wilshere of England in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June 4, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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    After a fantastic season with Arsenal, Jack Wilshere has also started to impress for England and should be starting for them in Euro 2012.

    Wilshere will be an important player for England out of the midfield, especially considering the aging bodies that are on this English side. This can be the perfect stage for Wilshere to become a big-time star for England.

Ashley Young

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Ashley Young of England in action during the international friendly match between England and Ghana at Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    The target for some of England's biggest clubs in this summer's transfer window, Ashley Young looks like he can start at either the wing or as a striker in Euro 2012.

    Young has looked impressive during recent qualifying and will play a huge role for England in this tournament.

Darren Bent

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    CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 26:  Darren Bent of England celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group G qualifying match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on March 26, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Shaun
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    After failing to make England's squad in last year's World Cup, Darren Bent has gotten another chance to star for England and has continued to impress in his latest stint for the Three Lions.

    In this tournament, Bent will be expected to continue on with his great goalscoring form in what could be a huge stage for Bent to break out in.

Wayne Rooney

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    BASEL, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Wayne Rooney of England in action during the EURO 2012 Group G Qualifier between Switzerland and England at St Jakob Park on September 7, 2010 in Basel, Switzerland.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    Arguably England's best player, Wayne Rooney will be expected to be one of England's leaders in Euro 2012.

    Rooney has not played exceptionally well for the Three Lions in tournaments but he will be expected to lead England deep in Poland/Ukraine.