Roy Hodgson has named his England squad and the big news is that Rio Ferdinand is out but John Terry has made it. Here is the squad in full.
Goalkeepers - Joe Hart, Rob Green, John Ruddy
Defenders - Jolean Lescott, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole, Phil Jones, Glen Johnson
Midfielders - Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, James Milner, Scott Parker
Strikers - Jermaine Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll
There is also a list of 5 standby players
Adam johnson, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka, Jack Butland (GK)
Manchester United players included
Defender - Phil Jones
Midfielder - Ashley Young
Strikers - Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck
First off, I am really disappointed that John Terry is in and Rio Ferdinand is out. They have not disclosed a reason why Rio is out, yet the F.A. announced Rio's fate before the rest of the squad, which leads me to believe that it was not because of footballing reasons (The disappointment heightens). The whole process had an amateurish feel about it to be honest. Why announce Rio is out? Why not just give us the squad at 1pm instead of about 1:15pm. There is also no captain announced yet. Roy Hodgson has a press conference called at 2pm
On the plus side. The inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a big one. I really like that. The kid has shown how much talent he has. Brilliant with the ball at his feet, and pace to burn (Theo Walcott wishes he had his talent!). I really believe he could be a wild card, in the same way that Wayne Rooney was in 2004. The other uncapped player is Norwich's John Ruddy. As the third keeper, he will need a minor miracle to see the field.
Andy Carroll is an inclusion I agree with too. The way he played John Terry off the pitch twice in a matter of days was deeply impressive. I would have liked to have seen five out and out strikers, but Theo Walcott could also play further up the field.
Micah Richards can probably count himself the most unluckiest player in England. Shunned by Fabio Capello, and now shunned by Hodgson. He would be my number one RB. And he could also fill in at CB. I would much prefer him than Glen Johnson, who would much rather play Right Wing than right back. He can also play on the left side, but with Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines, we have ample cover on that flank. Michael Carrick also does not travel, despite his fine season. Gareth Barry is picked over him. And Stewart Downing can count himself lucky too, when Aarron Lennon was left out. What has the Liverpool winger done all season?
Im going to go back the the original point. It has been noted that Rio Ferdinand is happy that he was left out, IF, the reason is because he was too old, or because Hodgson does not deem him fit enough. He won't be happy if he has been left out due to his fitness worries. He doesn't mention the situation with Terry, despite that being my suspicion as to why he is out.
Finally, I am going to really struggle to support a team with a player awaiting trial on a count of racail abuse. Especially when the brother of who he abused is left out of the squad. This sends out all of the wrong messages. Will I watch the matches? Sure. Will I have the same feeling for the England team. The feeling of being heartbroken, akin to what I felt on Sunday afternoon? Nahh. I don't think I will