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England's possible 23 man squad for Euro 2012

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Back in November, Total Football's Marcus Banks gave his verdict on which England players would be on the plane to Ukraine and Poland for Euro 2012.

Fabio Capello was still in charge back then and pondering who would be in his squad. The situation has changed since then. Will Harry Redknapp be in charge? Or will Stuart Pearce, Jose Mourinho or Alan Pardew be appointed as Capello's replacement? Even Glenn Hoddle has thrown his hat into the ring, saying he'd like a second chance.

With the domestic season drawing to a close, here is the updated version of the 23-man England squad that could be travelling to Ukraine and Poland.

GOALKEEPERS

Definite

Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Probable

Robert Green (West Ham United)

Scott Carson (Bursaspor)

Possible

David Stockdale (Fulham)

Ben Foster (West Brom)

Frank Fielding (Derby)

John Ruddy (Norwich)

Joe Hart remains the definite choice for any new England manager as he continues to produce stellar performances for Manchester City. A solid goalkeeper has been key for their title push this season and he has further cemented his place in between the sticks for the Three Lions.

Ben Foster has yet to receive a call up to the senior squad recently and Robert Green has seemingly booked his ticket along with Scott Carson despite Carson plying his trade in Turkey.

David Stockdale and Frank Fielding stand an outside chance and could be called upon should any of the higher placed goalkeepers receive an injury. Stockdale was included in the squad to play Sweden while Derby County goalkeeper Fielding received the call for the Bulgaria game in September.

John Ruddy has been sensational for Norwich this season and could be a useful understudy for Joe Hart although he has been over-looked in recent years.

DEFENDERS

Definite

John Terry (Chelsea)

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)

Probable

Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Micah Richards (Manchester City)

Phil Jagielka (Everton)

Phil Jones (Manchester United)

Leighton Baines (Everton)

Possible

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)

Ledley King (Tottenham)

Michael Dawson (Tottenham)

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Despite being stripped of the England captaincy, which led to Fabio Capello’s departure, John Terry remains an England definite. His inclusion in the squad could mean Rio Ferdinand misses out on a starting role due to his relationship with Anton Ferdinand; the victim of the racism row concerning Terry.

Terry’s team-mates Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole seem to have secured their place after continuing to impress for the Blues. Cahill has recently joined the club and has still performed and moves up to definite from probable. He could link up with Terry as they are team-mates at Stamford Bridge.

Joleon Lescott has formed a formidable partnership with Manchester City rock Vincent Kompany at the heart of Roberto Mancini’s defence and could partner Terry or Cahill at centre-back. Lescott can also occupy the left back role but is primarily used in the centre.

The competition for right back as heated up as following Capello’s exit, Micah Richards has emerged into the England fold and could now be seen as the first choice. Richards is better than usual choice Glen Johnson while Kyle Walker could pose a threat following some solid performances at Spurs. The possible instalment of Harry Redknapp as manager could aid Walker’s hopes as well as Michael Dawson and Ledley King (if not injured!)

Leighton Baines can prove as useful cover for Ashley Cole at left back and Phil Jones should be included after seriously impressing at Manchester United this season. His United team-mate Chris Smalling still stands a chance due to his versatility while Stephen Warnock has miniscule chance of inclusion.

MIDFIELDERS

Definite

Scott Parker (Tottenham)

Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Gareth Barry (Manchester City)

James Milner (Manchester City)

Probable

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Stewart Downing (Liverpool)

Possible

Adam Johnson (Manchester City)

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Tom Cleverly (Manchester United)

Jack Rodwell (Everton)

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)

Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)

Nathan Dyer (Swansea)

Victor Moses (Wigan)

Matt Jarvis (Wolves)

Scott Parker would be the first name on the list as he was handed the England captaincy replacing John Terry. After leaving West Ham, his tough tackling has helped Tottenham in their push for a Champions League spot as he also picked up the armband at White Hart Lane.

Ashley Young is another who is guaranteed a place after a fantastic debut season at Old Trafford. His England career has taken off after being one of the stand out performers in the qualifiers and friendlies.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard remain candidates for a spot after proving they can still win games at the top level while Gareth Barry would be on the plane after a good season for Manchester City along with team-mate James Milner.

Wingers Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott would add pace and skill to the England attack while Liverpool’s Stewart Downing would have a better chance of being included than Aaron Lennon despite having a dire season for the Reds. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hugely impressed for the Gunners this season and would merit a place on the squad. Nathan Dyer has played well for Swansea but is inexperienced at senior level like Matthew Ethrington, Victor Moses and Matt Jarvis.

Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverly stand a chance if their injuries can clear up in time for the start of the tournament but whether they will risk injury for the start of the new Premier League season is unclear.

Jack Rodwell is an outsider due to his involvement in the summer’s Olympic Games and would suffer serious burn-out if he were to feature in both competitions. Jordan Henderson has been really poor at Anfield this season and is unlikely to play.

FORWARDS

Definite

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)

Probable

Darren Bent (Aston Villa)

Possible

Jermaine Defoe (Tottenham)

Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers)

Frazier Campbell (Sunderland)

Andy Carroll (Liverpool)

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)

Danny Graham (Swansea)

Peter Crouch (Stoke City)

Grant Holt (Norwich)

Wayne Rooney has been in mesmerising form for United in recent weeks and after his international ban was reduced to two games he is a certainty. Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge have been incredible and are certainly worthy of a seat.

Darren Bent has proven to be prolific and if his injury clears it is highly unlikely he’ll be left at home. Bobby Zamora can chip in with a goal or two despite enduring a difficult season at QPR.

Jermaine Defoe has shown he has what it takes at international level and is a good weapon to have either starting or on the bench at Ukraine and Poland.

Frazier Campbell was a surprise inclusion against Holland after returning to Sunderland impressively. He remains an outsider for a place along with Andy Carroll who has had a dismal season after his £35 million move to Liverpool. Gabriel Agbonlahor is a quick player with a good finish but not really preferred in the England set-up.

Danny Graham and Grant Holt have both reached double figures this season and have helped their sides in the fight against relegation and both have an outside opportunity.

Once again, Peter Crouch would be the perfect man to be included now that Capello is not in charge. If Harry Redknapp is appointed, he is a big admirer of the tall Stoke striker and Crouch would definitely be considered. He scored a spectacular goal against Manchester City as well as scoring against Manchester United, Liverpool and a brace against Blackburn. His current tally is 13 goals with 2 assists and any manager would be stupid not to give Crouch the chance to prove himself again on the international stage.

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By Marcus Banks


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