Roy Hodgson selects inexperienced England roster

England coach Roy Hodgson has picked an inexperienced roster for

next week’s exhibition against European Championship runner-up

Italy, taking only 10 players from his 23-man Euro team.

Captain Steven Gerrard, defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole and

forward Wayne Rooney were left off the roster as Hodgson turned to

younger players for Wednesday’s game at Bern against the Azzurri,

who eliminated England on penalty kicks in the Euro


Ryan Bertrand, who made his first European appearance for

Chelsea in the Champions League final in May, was picked for the

first time, as were Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore of


Caulker, a central defender, played for Britain at the Olympics

alongside Daniel Sturridge and Tom Cleverley, who also were


Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, originally due to travel with the

Euro 2012 squad before breaking his finger, returns to the roster,

as does Kyle Walker, who also missed the Euros because of


Manchester United’s Michael Carrick returns and could partner

Frank Lampard in central midfield against Italy. Lampard missed the

European Championship because of a thigh injury.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester

City), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea),

Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Phil Jagielka

(Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley

(Manchester United), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard

(Chelsea), Jake Livermore (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester

City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton),

Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham),

Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).