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

Strikers – Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

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.

On balance I will want England to win when they line up against France on Monday 11th June, even if Cabaye and Ben Arfa are in opposition.

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).

  • Bit harsh on James Milner. I really rate him. Good work ethic, creative and can deliver a good ball as well as get you the odd goal.

    Can’t stand Scott (eeeeeee) Parker though. Never rated him. Was okay in spells for us but I think Toon fans have him worked out while the rest of the country seem to be obsessed with him. I don’t understand it.

    • Paul Soulsby

      He can’t lace Tiote’s boots, but he’s a luvverley cockernee geezer and he’s Arry’s boy, hence the press rim him permanently. A mediocre player, like Gareth Barry and Darren Fletcher, if he were Spanish no bugger would ever have heard of him, a sad reflection on the “quality” of British players.

  • Jarra

    I would have preferred to see Bardsley and Cattermole in the England side.

    Then we could have had a real laugh during the finals.

  • Norman Johnson

    I have just finished writing an article arguing against the Englandphobia a lot of Toon fans seem to possess. Hopefully it will be seen in the Mag Summer Special and make a suitable riposte to Joe’s blog

  • Paul Soulsby

    Well am very much in the anti England camp, or  rather  anti current England XI, Terry, Lampard and Cole are three  of the most obnoxious players in the game, if they face Ben Arfa and Cabaye I hope our lads tear them apart. My anti Ingerlund feelings kicked in after the Owen debacle, the way NUFC were treated with absolute contempt by  the F.A. and the player too. I may not always feel this way, but for the foreseeable future I hope Ingerlund bomb, not least becaused shite like Beasley, Dennis, Samuel and co will be f**king gutted. England is just the country I happened to be born in, am not in the least  bitt patriotic, so many times patriotism goes hand in hand with xenophobia and outright racism in this septic isle, not for mew am afraid, leave that to the Mail and Sun readers. ALLEZ LES MAGS !