Liverpool proud of their England internationals, insists McDermott

Former Liverpool midfielder Terry McDermott has said the club should be proud that over a quarter of the England squad for Euro 2012 is drawn from Anfield, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Ex-Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson can call upon six Reds players in his 23-man party – defenders Martin Kelly, a late addition to replace Gary Cahill, and Glen Johnson, midfielders Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, who will also captain England, and Jordan Henderson, brought into the squad to replace Frank Lampard, and striker Andy Carroll. That is despite Liverpool enduring an underwhelming season that saw Kenny Dalglish sacked as manager in May after a disappointing finish of eighth in the Premier League.

The Echo notes that the last time so many Liverpool players were part of the same England squad for a tournament was the 1980 European Championships, when McDermott was one of half-a-dozen Liverpool players called up by Ron Greenwood. He was joined by Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson, only for England to finish third in their group and progress no further.

But of this year’s selection, McDermott said: “It’s a real feather in Liverpool’s cap. It’s a big accolade to have more players in the squad than any other club and I hope they do Liverpool proud. I think it proves that Dalglish signed some decent players. He put his faith in talented young kids with a lot of football ahead of them.

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