So today Roy Hodgson named his Euro squad and the excitement began….
Goalkeepers – Joe Hart, Robert Green, John Ruddy
Defenders – Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, John Terry
Midfielders – Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young
Standby – Jack Butland, Phil Jagielka, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge
Personally, the appointment of Hodgson rather than Redknapp just about saved my England interest this summer.
I think if ‘Arry had got the job it could have been the final straw on top of having such charming people as Ashley Cole and John Terry to ‘support’.
England for me is something to do in between ‘proper’ football and any intensity that exists in my head is switched on and off at first and last whistles.
All twenty outfield players are selected from the top eight teams, although maybe I should say the top four and the three teams who finished between sixth and eighth.
Not that I think any English qualifying Newcastle player deserved to be anywhere near, although a fit Steven Taylor would have surely had a shout if he’d played a full year of his early season form.
Ex-NUFC players; Milner, Parker and Carroll are all on the plane and of the three I would only have taken Carroll who at least has a bit about him rather than the likes of Milner and Parker who are your archetypal England players who will run around a lot and …..errr that’s it.
It’s funny having three of our ‘exes’ in the squad and yet I wouldn’t have any of them at Newcastle ahead of their present day replacements.
However, that wouldn’t stop me wanting Ben Arfa to tear Ashley Cole apart or Cabaye to make ‘Lamps’ look a right idiot in their individual battles, my blood is black & white not red (white and blue).