Carroll included as Ferdinand omitted from England's 23-man provisional Euro squad for summer

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 

Oxlade-Chamberlain (above top) and Ruddy (above below) have never been capped by England before but travel ahead of more experienced pros 

England's squad has been announced for Euro 2012 with Liverpool striker Andy Carroll a surprise inclusion while there is no place in the 23-man party for Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand. 

The 33-year-old central defender is a surprise omission from Roy Hodgson's selection although Chelsea captain John Terry has been named by the former Fulham manager. There are call-ups for the uncapped Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy. Liverpool winger Stewart Downing and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck have also been picked. It has also been announced that Reds captain Steven Gerrard will also lead the team as skipper during the tournament. Ex-Liverpool boss Hodgson will explain his first squad selection as England's head coach during a press conference live from Wembley Stadium on Wednesday afternoon (16th May) at 2pm. 

As expected, Wayne Rooney is selected despite being suspended for the first two games of England's Group D campaign in Poland & Ukraine. In addition to Carroll, Welbeck and Rooney in attack, Hodgson will take Spurs forward Jermain Defoe as a striking option.

Tottenham striker Defoe has not played a competitive match for England since September 2010. Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland is among the list of five standby players, which also includes Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson. Barring injury to selected squad members, this will be the second occasion that Johnson will miss out having also been axed from Fabio Capello's provisional World Cup squad in 2010.

Hogdson's wide players are Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, James Milner, Downing and Oxlade-Chamberlain. There is no place for Manchester United's Michael Carrick despite a fantastic season as Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker take the central midfield berths.

Manchester City right-back Micah Richards also misses out of the reckoning altogether as Hodgson names only seven orthodox defenders, including Phil Jones and Joleon Lescott, who are both capable of filling more than one position.

Former Everton and Motherwell goalkeeper Ruddy- who has had a consistent first full season in the Premier League with promoted Norwich City- joins Joe Hart and Robert Green in the goalkeeping contingent. Ruddy said: "It's a real honour for me and hopefully it's an indication as to how far I have developed as a player. Playing for my country has been a dream of mine, of course it has. I'm under no illusions as to the quality of Joe Hart and Rob Green and that I will be third choice. But I'm really looking forward to training with them and getting down to some hard work."

The Football Association's planned training camp in Spain has been cancelled. Instead, England will meet up in Manchester on Wednesday before flying to Norway on Friday for their friendly in Oslo on 26th May. Seven days later, they face Belgium at Wembley - although Ruddy will be missing having been given special dispensation to leave the squad for his wedding to fiancee Laura on 2nd June.

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd, who made one cap for the Three Lions in a friendly defeat to France in November 2010, posted on Twitter: "How can Rio Ferdinand, Micah Richards, Michael Carrick and Peter Crouch not be selected for Euro squad. An absolute joke!!!"

Provisional England 23-man squad for Euro 2012:

Goalkeepers- Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders- Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry (all Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City). 

Midfielders- Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard (both Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner, Gareth Barry (both Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott (both Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Scott Parker (Tottenham).

Strikers- Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (both Manchester United).

Standby- Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).

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Canaries stopper John Ruddy talking to BBC's Football Focus earlier this month

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