The 5 Players Roy Hodgson Should've Taken To Euro 2012


Rio Ferdinand

Age: 33
Position: Defender
Club: Man United
Caps: 81

The old warhorse had patched up his wounds – both physical and metaphorical – and was ready to lead the defence. Looked back to his best at periods this term, and fitness concerns are utterly bogus given he's played three games in a week on a number of occasions of late. Was desperate for one last international hurrah in Poland and Ukraine. Could've recreated his performances of 2002 and 2006 and been a huge asset for Roy. Hopefully he's not an indirect victim of the John Terry race row. 

8/10    

Peter Crouch

Age: 31
Position: Forward
Club: Stoke City
Caps: 42

Two-metre Peter’s international record of 22 goals in 42 appearances is nothing short of incredible. He has shown an admirable aptitude when dressed in the colours of his country, which Roy Hodgson has inexplicably overlooked. Coming into the summer off the back of a great season with Stoke, the gentle giant should’ve started the first two games at least, and would’ve been a revelation. Disappointing that Carroll got the nod ahead of him.

8/10    

Michael Carrick

Age: 30
Position: Midfielder
Club: Man United
Caps: 22

We're at odds to explain why he's not at least on the standby list ahead of Jordan H(orr)enderson. Should've been a benefactor of Hodgson’s likely strategy of two holding midfielders, but if Roy now chooses that approach, he's leaving himself thin on the ground in the middle of the park. Carrick has stood out for Man United, especially since Christmas, and was hoping for the opportunity to show his fine form on the big international stage. England's most technically gifted passer of his generation will go down as a wasted talent. What a travesty this is. 

7/10     

Joe Cole

Age: 30
Position: Midfielder/winger
Club: Liverpool (Lille on loan)
Caps: 56

Has traditionally excelled in the white of his country, and would’ve added a cultured edge to the squad. Was England’s best player at the 2006 World Cup and his recent form for Lille has proved he’s got plenty in the tank still. Was tentative under Hodgson at Liverpool and it seems the out of sight out of mind effect has done the 30-year-old creative wizard no favours here. His unique and unpredictable talent is something that's not matched by any of those selected. Such a shame. 

8/10    

Micah Richards

Age: 23
Position: Centre back
Club: Man City
Caps: 13

Quick, strong and more powerful than a Phil Taylor 9-darter, Richards has been in fine form for title winners City this term and offers versatility in that he can operate at full back, centre back and even right midfield. A born winner, whose commitment and ferocity often outweighs that of his contemporaries, this larger than life lad from Leeds will feel all the more disappointed because Kyle Walker’s injury should’ve made him a  shoe-in. He could've done little more to help enhance his chances. It's flabbergasting that he's not on the standby list at least.

7/10