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Who will be in the England Euro 2012 squad?

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England's Euro 2012 squad has been the subject of great speculation and debate - but only one man's opinion matters. On Wednesday at 1pm, England manager Roy Hodgson will announce his 23-man squad.

England's new manager will be considering key factors such as form, experience, balance and cover for positions. 

So who will make it to Ukraine and Poland? Who will be in the starting 11? And who will be Hodgson's captain?

It's not so much a question of who will be in Hodgson's first squad as England manager, It's more a case of who will make it apart from Joe Hart. The Manchester City goalkeeper will be in the squad and will be England's number one for however long England stay in the tournament. He might even be given the captain's armband.

Perhaps the most curious opinion is that John Terry should be left out. One dodgy game and suddenly he's not good enough. If Hodgson selects his squad and starting 11 purely for football reasons then not only is Terry ahead of Rio Ferdinand in the pecking order, he'll be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Ashley Cole will surely get the left back spot, so that leaves one centre back place and a right back to find for Hodgson's defence - that's assuming he'll go with a back four. Gary Cahill could get the nod to partner Terry in the centre of defence and Kyle Walker has a chance of grabbing the right back spot.

England need a holding midfielder and Scott Parker is the form player in that role. Of the more attack-minded central midfielders available, Frank Lampard still has what it takes. In the wide positions, Ashley Young and Aaron Lennon are among the front runners for starting places.

At Hodgson's first press conference he confirmed that he'll be taking Wayne Rooney. So he'll probably need four other strikers for the first two games. If he wants a big man in the side, Andy Carroll could get a look in.

So there's our potential starting 11 and possible captain, while based on striking a balance between experience, form and cover for positions, the other 12 names on Hodgson's squad list could be:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Paul Robinson. Defenders: Micah Richards, Leighton Baines, Joleon Lescott. Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, James Milner. Strikers: Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Jermain Defoe.


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