By Chris Wright
Roy Hodgson in ‘Mission: Unenviable’
This may stagger you, but England aren’t actually favourites to win the European Championships this summer. Don’t believe us? Check the Euro 2012 odds here . See? Somehow, however, they are fourth in line (as far as the bookies are concerned) to emerge victorious in Polkraine, which seems a little rich to us but hey-ho.
Anyway, the word on the cul-de-sac is that Roy Hodgson is going to be announcing his 23-man squad for EURO 2012 on Wednesday morning, and we though it an appropriate juncture to have a go at second guessing the man at the helm of the good ship ‘Catastrophe In Waiting’.
Pies have already outlined our advised manifesto for the tournament, but here’s our stab at second guessing Roy’s 23 – with a wee smidge of reasoning thrown in for good measure…
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Ben Foster/Rob Green, John Ruddy.
Pies says: Joe Hart’s in and playing every game – this is certain, no debate necessary. He’s the best England have. As backup, we expect Hodgson to err on the side of familiarity in picking Foster if he’ll play ball (it’ll Rob Green if not), including Ruddy as his sole ‘shock’ call-up. Yep.
Defenders: Rio Ferdinand, Gary Cahill, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jones, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines, Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker.
Pies says: It seems that Ferdinand can’t or won’t play with John Terry what with him being a pending alleged racist and all – and, as it would appear that the presence of one of the two is required, it’ll have to be the latter that misses the cut (we’re sure the nation will shed a collective tear) as the former is slightly more mobile and slightly less prone to having his panties pulled down by opponent’s with