England squad: Ferdinand 'angry', fans not happy either

May 16, 2012

We know about Terry and Oxlade Chamberlain but how did Milner and Downing get selected?

ROY HODGSON has named his 23-man squad for Euro 2012 and as expected it is the omission of Rio Ferdinand and the inclusion of John Terry that has got observers talking.

However, there were other notable picks, including Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich keeper John Ruddy, both of whom are uncapped. Ruddy will also be allowed to miss England's warm-up against Belgium on 2 June to get married.

Hodgson also took a gamble with his stand-by keeper, Birmingham's Jack Butland. In choosing Butland, Hodgson overlooked both Scott Carson and David Stockdale, two keepers who have international experience and who have played for the England boss at club level.

Steven Gerrard has been named as Hodgson's captain. A move that went down well with Phil McNulty of the BBC. He descibed it as "a very good move" on Twitter.

Other significant choices include the in-form Andy Carroll at the expense, presumably, of Peter Crouch and the versatile Phil Jones chosen in front of Micah Richards.

However, most of the talk was about the centre backs. "The snub for Ferdinand is likely to signal the end of his international career," said the Daily Mail, which added that the United defender is "known to be unimpressed" by the decision.

Hodgson insisted the decisions had been made purely for footballing reasons and soon tired of the repeated questions about Ferdinand. "There's 23 names in the squad and we're preparing for a tournament and we seem to be talking about one player until the cows go home," he barked at one point.

But according to The Guardian: "Terry's inclusion on purely footballing grounds is completely justified. Much has been made of his slipshod performance at Liverpool recently but... his form has actually been excellent."

Jim White in The Daily Telegraph says Hodgson is presiding over a "soap opera" and adds that he was unable to call on both Ferdinand and Terry because of the "byzantine politics of the England dressing room".

But White laments that "the talent pool from which he can draw is shallower than a desert stream in the middle of a drought... Like a stuck record, a spine of Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry will find itself once more on duty at an international tournament."

Indeed, Hodgson could field nine of the XI that started against Germany in 2010, with only David James and Matthew Upson absent from the squad. And the Guardian concludes that the selection as a "functional" feel.

Goal.com says the squad is underwhelming. "Hodgson's selection of young legs, old heads and willing workers is evidence of his preference for players he is confident will carry out his instructions to the letter. His credo is organisation, organisation and organisation. Defend first. Keep it tight. Create later."

It also expresses surprise that James Milner who neither scored nor created a goal all season has been selected.

Meanwhile Football365 says it has been inundated by fans angry over the selection of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing, but adds: "This list of players has caused some outrage, but surely England's chance of winning/not embarrassing themselves is Hodgson working to a plan. We're going to charitably assume he has a plan, and that he has selected the men he thinks can carry it out the best. England's primary hope is to knit together a motley collection of clodders in the hope of surpassing expectations."

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Why does the headline say 'Ferdinand: Angry' when he isn't angry at all...what's the point in us reading this stuff?

Downing's selection is a mystery to me the nearly man.

By the autumn, Hodgson will be wondering what's hit him. The pundits and the England supporters will be tearing him to pieces. Its going to be very sad to watch.

I think Hodgson was a better choice for manager than Redknapp, but the choice of the team is simply awful. Gerrard has done nothing this year to justify his selection so it is clear this selection was based on past performance perhaps from 4 years ago, what a pitiful manner to select a football team.  Downing's selection for Liverpool at times seemed undeserved, so how does he get a call up for England? Carroll's selection must have been based on one game perhaps two at most. And Phil Jones over Micah Richards? Are you kidding me? At least when Milner was given the opportunity for City he showed that he was on his game. Until England begin to select its team based on current performance, silverware at The Euro will remain as elusive as at World Cup level.

Downing is no mystery...he has quality and will come good.