Roy Hodgson has today named his 22-man squad for the international friendly against the team who knocked us out of the European Championships, Italy. After a two year absence from the England fold, midfielder Michael Carrick has been recalled, but for me this decision should’ve been taken two months ago.
After arguably his best season in the United shirt, it seems bizarre that Roy Hodgson is set to experiment with Carrick after the Euro’s, when he could’ve tried him out before the competition. I still think the reason we under performed in Poland/Ukraine is because we didn’t have somebody who could keep hold of the ball, and Michael Carrick fits that bill perfectly.
The other reds included in the squad feature Tom Cleverley who is fresh from Olympic duty, and Ashley Young. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have both been omitted.
England squad in full
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (Tottenham).
Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)