The following 23 man squad consist of the players who I think should represent England at Euro 2012.


The England national team will be hoping to finally win a major tournament for the first time since 1966, when they travel to the Ukraine for the European championships. But who will star for England at the Euro's this summer?

The following 23 man squad consist of the players who I think should represent England at Euro 2012. 

Joe Hart is one of the world’s best goal keepers and will be England’s number one for many years to come. He was brilliant during the qualifying campaign and fully deserves his place.  In case Hart gets injured, I would bring Green and Foster because both have been fantastic during the course of the season.  Rob Green is probably the best keeper in the championship while Foster has been in fine form for West Brom.  I doubt either will play because Joe Hart is such a great goalkeeper.  Missing out are David Stockdale of Fulham, Scott Carson playing for Bursaspor, and Jon Ruddy of Norwich. 

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Robert Green (West Ham), Ben Foster (West Brom).

Regulars that will be on the plane include John Terry, Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand.  Leighton Baines is one of Everton’s best players and deserves a place in the team.  Glen Johnson has made a major improvement since Kenny Dalglish has taken over at Anfield and has also earned a place.  Micah Richards of Man City has to be in the squad due to some outstanding displays for the Manchester club.  Gary Cahill would also be in the squad because he has impressed this season and has managed to force his way into the England squad.  The last place in defence would go to Phil Jones.  Jones is a versatile defender and will play a big part for England over the next few years.  Players unfortunate to miss out are Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka of Everton and Joleen Lescott of Man City.  Arsenal’s Kieron Gibbs misses out because of an injury-plagued season, but he will be a big player in the future, as will Kyle Walker of Spurs.  

Defenders:  Micah Richards (Man City), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), John Terry (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man United), Phil Jones (Man United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton).  

In recent tournaments, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have underperformed together in the centre of England’s midfield.  Only one will make the starting eleven but nobody can argue that both are top class players.  Scott Parker has had a wonderful season with Spurs and whether you agree or disagree with his appointment as captain, he will be in the squad.  Gareth Barry and James Milner have been key players for Man City and I would bring both.  Barry is a pass master and intelligent player while Milner works so hard for the team and is just too good to leave out.  The new look England midfield has been hampered by injuries to rising stars, Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley. Wilshere has missed most of the season through injury and puts doubt in my mind on whether he will be ready for the challenge that lies ahead.  But because he is such a talented player, I would bring him, despite missing a large chunk of the season. Looking at other potential candidates, I would consider bringing Lee Cattermole of Sunderland.  His discipline lets him down at times, but has improved as a player since Martin O Neill took over at Sunderland.  Michael Carrick has had a good season for Manchester United, but is still not good enough to force his way into the England squad.  West Ham’s Kevin Nolan also comes into consideration, but just falls short. 

Midfielders: Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur),  Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Gareth Barry (Man City),  James Milner (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

Wide Players that are in contention for a place include, Adam Johnson, Ashley Young, Stuart Downing, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Shaun Wright-Phillips.  At the world cup in 2006, Theo Walcott went over to Germany with very little international experience.  The new rising star, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks like a future England star.  But because of his inexperience, I am reluctant to take him to the Euro's.  Walcott on the other hand has been poor for Arsenal this season and his place in the Arsenal team is under threat at the hands of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho.  His performances have not been up to scratch and I don’t think he has played well enough to book a place at the European Championships.  It would be unfair to bring Theo Walcott over Spurs winger and unsung hero Aaron Lennon, who has been great for Spurs.  Downing has not had a great first season at Liverpool, but recently has started to slowly improve.  Adam Johnson is definitely on the plane and can’t be ignored.  Ashley Young is also in my squad thanks to some fantastic performances for United. 

The national team is not short of attacking options.  Unfortunately, Darren Bent’s injury will keep him out of the squad and Wayne Rooney misses the first two games against France and Sweden which complicates things in a tough group.  Daniel Sturridge is one of the few players playing well for Chelsea this season so he would play up front in Rooney’s absence.  Andy Carroll has not lived up to his £35 million price tag and his form for Liverpool has not been good enough.  Other strikers coming into contention are Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe, Gabriel Agbohnlahor and Peter Crouch.  Of those players I would take Peter Crouch because of his experience and gives England an alternative option.  Defoe is unlucky but is too similar to Sturridge.  Defoe has been in and out of the starting team at Spurs which is a concern.    

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Peter Crouch (Stoke), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Man United), Adam Johnson (Man City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

For the first game, this would be my starting XI:

GK: Joe Hart

RB: Micah Richards
CB: John Terry
CB: Gary Cahill
LB: Ashley Cole

RCM: Jack Wilshere
CM: Scott Parker (c)
LCM: Steven Gerrard

RW: Ashley Young
ST: Daniel Sturridge
LW: Adam Johnson