Advertorial feature

England Euro 2012 squad announced but bookies unimpressed

 

The England squad has been announced and as usual there is a mix
of shock inclusions, big name absentees and poorly kept secrets
with much of the squad being known at least a day in advance. There
has been plenty of speculation about who would be included and we
now know who can help justify the
England Euro 2012 odds and who can’t.

Potentially the biggest decision for Roy Hodgson was who to leave out from Rio Ferdinand and John Terry with the pair apparently unable to play together and Roy Hodgson has selected Terry (despite rumours last week he’d be left out) with Ferdinand’s injury record seemingly counting against him. Another huge decision for Hodgson was whether or not to take Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and it seems Hodgson has been brave here deciding to take the youngster who will be the youngest member of England’s squad.

John Ruddy was perhaps the biggest surprise to be included in the squad but it isn’t a significant decision as Joe Hart is the clear first choice and Rob Green looks set to be second choice in goal. Micah Richards was left out of the squad despite Kyle Walker missing out through injury, that means Glen Johnson looks the first choice right back with Phil Jones the only other squad member to be able to play there. In other squad news Steven Gerrard has been confirmed as the new England captain by his manager Roy Hodgson.

England not only have some relatively new squad members but they also of course have a new manager. He has performed well as manager of both Fulham and West Brom in recent years but even guiding Fulham to the Europa League final doesn’t seem to match his biggest achievement of getting Switzerland to third in the FIFA rankings after just 18 months in charge. It would be a great achievement if he could do the same with England, even though this team has many more stars than the Switzerland team from the early nineties.

The bookies are usually shortening England at every opportunity just before a major tournament but expectations are as low as they have ever been in many people’s memories. The England odds are even lower than there were before the squad announcement with a couple of bookies having pushed England out a point following the release of the squad list. England are now only just ahead of France and Italy in the Euro 2012 odds, still behind the likes of Spain, Germany and Holland. Those odds still suggest that England should reach the semi finals as England are the fourth favourites and that would certainly represent a pretty successful summer for England as it would be their best performance since Euro ’96.

The full squad is Joe Hart (Man City), Robert Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City), Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).

Whether you think England are going to go all the way this summer or crash out at the earliest opportunity, there are plenty of bets for you at Euro 2012. Click here to visit EuroOdds, a site that covers all your tipping and betting needs at Euro 2012.

 

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Travel Consultant

£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...

Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker / Trainee Broker / Closer - OTE £250,000

£30000 - £250000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker/ Trainee FX, Stoc...

Guru Careers: Software Developer / Web Developer (PHP / MYSQL)

£30 - 40k + Benefits & Bonus: Guru Careers: A Software / Web Developer (PHP / ...

Recruitment Genius: ICT Operations Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is the single governing and regul...

Day In a Page

A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935