Andy Carroll has been included in the England squad of 23 named by Roy Hodgson today, for the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine in June.
Andy Carroll – in England squad
The former Newcastle United striker has shown his best form of the season over the last month or so for Liverpool, and probably deserves to be included in the squad.
Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Norwich gets his first England call-up, and Phil Jones of Manchester United is also included in the 23.
The former Newcastle winger James Milner is included and another former Newcastle player, Scott Parker is in the squad, but that assumes he recovers from his current Achilles injury.
Jerome Defoe of Tottenham also gets a call-up by the new England boss Roy Hodgson, as does Arsenal 18 year-old youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain.
As revealed yesterday, Rio Ferdinand did not get a call-up, and that could signal the end of a long and distinguished England career.
Rio played 81 times for England with 3 goals, and made his debut fifteen years ago, when he came on as a substitute in a friendly against Cameroon on 15th November 1997.
John Terry was named in the squad and it seemed that both players would not be included with Terry facing his trial for racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton, once the European Championships are finished.
Full England squad:
Goalkeepers – Green (West Ham), Hart (Man City) Ruddy (Norwich).
Defenders – Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Lescott (Man City), Terry (Chelsea).
Midfielders – Barry (Man City), Downing (Liverpool), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Man Utd).
Forwards – Carroll (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Welbeck (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham).
Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).