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.
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).