Ferdinand out of England Euro 2012 squad

Rio Ferdinand has been left out of the England squad for Euro 2012. Roy Hodgson has instead chosen Chelsea captain John Terry among his central defenders, along with Terry’s Chelsea teammate Gary Cahill, while there is no place for Michael Carrick, Micah Richards or Peter Crouch.

Stewart Downing is included in midfield, as are Arsenal pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, and Wayne Rooney is selected despite being suspended for the opening two games of the tournament. Andy Carroll travels, as do Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe.

Joe Hart, Robert Green and John Ruddy are the three goalkeepers picked by Hodgson.

The squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Robert Green, John Ruddy

Defenders: Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines

Midfielders: Theo Walcott, Stewart Downing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker, Ashley Young, James Milner

Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe

Standby: Jack Butland, Phil Jagielka, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge

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Ferdinand out of England Euro 2012 squad

Rio Ferdinand is set to be left out of Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 England squad, according to reports emerging from the BBC

Reports recently suggested that the former West Ham and Leeds man is struggling for fitness. A recurring back problem has kept Ferdinand from holding down a regular starting place for United this season, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting his defender would not be able to play every game of this tournament in Poland and the Ukraine.

There have also been reports in recent months suggesting that the Manchester United defender is not willing to play alongside Chelsea’s John Terry, as a result of alleged racist abuse against Ferdinand’s brother, QPR centre-back Anton. It is as yet unclear whether this could be a factor behind the decision.

Ferdinand, 33, has 81 caps for England, and has captained the side also. The news is likely to spark much debate over the reasoning behind the new national team manager’s decision, with more details expected to emerge throughout Wednesday.

The 23-man squad is set to be named at 13:00 BST on Wednesday, with the Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker also expected to miss out due to a toe injury.

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