UEFA Euro 2012: Poland & Ukraine
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England's Euro 2012 Schedule:- 


Group D

Monday 11th June           France vs England                KO 5pm            ITV1            Donetsk                Result:-  Drew 1-1         Preview         Report

Friday 15th June             Sweden vs England              KO 7:45pm        BBC1             Kiev                    Result:-  Won 3-2         Preview         Report

Tuesday 19th June          England vs Ukraine              KO 7:45pm         ITV1            Donetsk                Result:-  Won 1-0         Preview         Report


Quarter-Final

Sunday 24th June             England vs Italy                 KO 7:45pm          TBA              Kiev                    Result:-  Drew 0-0*        Preview        Report

* Italy win 4-2 on penalties

 


England's Euro 2012 Squad Statistics:-


1 Joe Hart (Goalkeeper)-    Appearances (sub):  4 (0)         Minutes played:  390        Clean sheets:  2         Goals conceded:  3        YC:  0        RC:  0

2 Glen Johnson (RB)-   Appearances (sub):  4 (0)       Minutes played:  390       Goals:  0 (1 OG)       Assists:  0       Yellow cards:  0      Red cards:  0

3 Ashley Cole (LB)-     Appearances (sub):  4 (0)         Minutes played:  390          Goals:  0         Assists:  0         Yellow cards:  1        Red cards:  0

4 Steven Gerrard (CM)-   Appearances (sub):  4 (0)       Minutes played:  390         Goals:  0         Assists:  3         Yellow cards:  1        Red cards:  0

5 Martin Kelly (RB)-    Appearances (sub):  0 (0)         Minutes played:  0          Goals:  0          Assists:  0         Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

6 John Terry (CB)-     Appearances (sub):  4 (0)          Minutes played:  390          Goals:  0          Assists:  0         Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

7 Theo Walcott (RW)-   Appearances (sub):  0 (4)        Minutes played:  110         Goals:  1          Assists:  1         Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

8 Jordan Henderson (CM)-    Appearances (sub):  0 (2)     Minutes played:  49       Goals:  0         Assists:  0        Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

9 Andy Carroll (ST)-    Appearances (sub):  1 (2)         Minutes played:  158           Goals:  1         Assists:  0          Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

10 Wayne Rooney (ST)-   Appearances (sub):  2 (0)      Minutes played:  207         Goals:  1         Assists:  0          Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0 

11 Ashley Young (LW)-   Appearances (sub):  4 (0)      Minutes played:  390          Goals:  0         Assists:  0          Yellow cards:  1        Red cards:  0

12 Leighton Baines (LB)-   Appearances (sub):  0 (0)     Minutes played:  0         Goals:  0         Assists:  0          Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

13 Robert Green (Goalkeeper)-   Appearances (sub):  0 (0)       Minutes played:  0         Clean sheets:  0         Goals conceded:  0       YC:  0      RC:  0

14 Phil Jones (RB/CB/CM)-   Appearances (sub):  0 (0)     Minutes played:  0      Goals:  0         Assists:  0         Yellow cards:  0         Red cards:  0

15 Joleon Lescott (CB)-    Appearances (sub):  4 (0)      Minutes played:  390        Goals:  1         Assists:  0           Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

16 James Milner (RW/CM)-   Appearances (sub):  4 (0)      Minutes played:  281      Goals:  0        Assists:  0          Yellow cards:  1        Red cards:  0

17 Scott Parker (CDM)-    Appearances (sub):  4 (0)       Minutes played:  351         Goals:  0        Assists:  0           Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

18 Phil Jagielka (CB)-    Appearances (sub):  0 (0)         Minutes played:  0          Goals:  0        Assists:  0           Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

19 Stewart Downing (LW)-   Appearances (sub):  0 (0)      Minutes played:  0        Goals:  0        Assists:  0           Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

20 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (RW/LW)-  Appearances (sub):  1 (2)    Minutes played:  80     Goals:  0      Assists:  0    Yellow cards:  1     Red cards:  0

21 Jermain Defoe (ST)-    Appearances (sub):  0 (1)        Minutes played:  14          Goals:  0        Assists:  0           Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

22 Danny Welbeck (ST)-   Appearances (sub):  4 (0)        Minutes played:  321         Goals:  1        Assists:  0         Yellow cards:  0        Red cards:  0

23 Jack Butland (Goalkeeper)-    Appearances (sub):  0 (0)        Minutes played:  0        Clean sheets:  0        Goals conceded:  0       YC:  0      RC:  0

 


Manager:
        Roy Hodgson (64 years old)

Roy was appointed as new manager of the England national team on 1st May while officially taking charge of duties on 14th May after completing the Premier League season with his club West Bromwich Albion. Hodgson has previous experience of managing international countries including Switzerland between 1992 and 1995 and Finland for a year during the 2006-07 campaign. Roy has spent the last five years managing in the English top flight first with Fulham between 2007 and 2010 including guiding the Cottagers to safety on the final day of his first season having collected twelve points from the final five matches. In his first full season, he finished seventh (the club's highest ever finish) ensuring qualification for the Europa League. He finished 12th in 2009-10 while helping the club reach their first ever European final in the Europa League but lost to Atletico Madrid. He was voted LMA Manager of the Year in May 2010. He joined Liverpool but was sacked in January after some poor results leaving the club tenth in the league. Roy was appointed boss of West Bromwich Albion just a month later after the Baggies relieved Roberto Di Matteo of his duties. He guided the club to a comfortable midtable position before overseeing a top-half finish in 2011-12. FA chairman David Bernstein chose Hodgson over wide favourite Harry Redknapp for the Three Lions job. Hodgson, who has overall managed sixteen different clubs during a 36-year coaching career, has won his first two matches in charge against Norway and Belgium in international friendlies before taking charge at the European Championship finals in Poland & Ukraine.

 

 

England's Euro 2012 Videos


Gerrard intends to stay on with England as captain after tournament exit

Hodgson remains optimistic at press conference on day after Italy loss

England players "to look towards future" after Euro 2012 exit

England fans optimistic ahead of Italy quarter-final in Kiev

Terence Stamp tempts fate ahead of England versus Italy in quarter-final

World Cup 1990 third place play-off: Italy 2-1 England highlights

Watch full conference with boss Hodgson & captain Gerrard before Italy

BBC Sport pundits look ahead to England's clash with Italy

England boss Hodgson says team are "fully prepared" for Italy quarter-final

Wayne Rooney's goals at Euro 2004 tournament

Rooney talks about his hairstyles & mind of positive thinking with Gabby Logan

Striker Wayne Rooney "ready to play" against Ukraine following ban

Sir Dave Richards applauds quick impact of boss Roy Hodgson

BBC Sport's Sweden vs England short pre-match compilation

A lowdown of Roy Hodgson's years in management in Sweden

England Supporters Band bid to fight back after instruments were confiscated

Full-back Glen Johnson misses team photo before France match

England manager Roy Hodgson explains the omission of Rio Ferdinand

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson's delivers his verdict on England's chancesManager Roy Hodgson discusses tactics with Gary Lineker

England coach Gary Neville believes fans and players must be "realistic"

Captain Steven Gerrard describes loss to Lampard as "a huge blow"

Manchester City's Joe Hart & James Milner in positive mood ahead of Euros

Phil Jagielka expresses his delight at being called upto the Euro 2012 squad

"England must enjoy Euro 2012"-  Manager Roy Hodgson

Three Lions must improve on recent tournament performances-  Wayne Rooney

 

 

England's Euro 2012 Warm-Up Games:


Saturday 26th May              International Friendly               Norway 0-1 England              Oslo               KO 7:45pm              Read match report here
                                                                                                        Young 9


Saturday 2nd June               International Friendly              England 1-0 Belgium            Wembley          KO 5:15pm             Read match report here
                                                                                      Welbeck 36

 

Meet the England 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland & Ukraine:- 


GOALKEEPERS


1 Joe Hart              Age-  25             Club-  Manchester City               No of England caps before Euro 2012-  18               Goals conceded-  11

England senior debut:   1st June 2008 vs Trinidad & Tobago (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:    Premier League appearances- 38       Clean sheets- 17        Minutes played- 3420          Goals condeded- 29         Saves- 97 

Adam's comment:  "Joe is a magnificent goalkeeper who without question has been the best to represent the country since David Seaman and he has the potential to be the best goalkeeping material that England has ever witnessed. He has come off the back of a fantastic season winning the Premier League title with Manchester City while the number of clean sheets he has kept over the last couple of years says how much that he has improved since stepping up to the top flight. His loan spell at Birmingham in 2009-10 allowed him to gain valuable first-team experience and regular football in the top-flight which has allowed his progress to blossom. His shot-stopping is second to none, he commands the penalty area and has great vision and awareness of what is happening in the game with his concentration levels kept high. He still has many more years as England's number one choice in goal. He is being touted as the next captain of England which he is taking on the chin. He will be a key player in the tournament for England."

About Joe:   Joe started his career at Shrewsbury, quickly recognised as a talented shot-stopper and was snapped up by Manchester City in 2006 for £600,000. He soon established himself in the City first-team and became a regular for the England U21s. Since making his competitive debut for the England senior side in September 2010 after a fantastic start to the campaign with the Blues, he has been difficult to dislodge as the Three Lions' number one choice goalkeeper.


DID YOU KNOW ?

Joe has won the Barclays Golden Glove award for most Premier League clean sheets kept by a single goalkeeper for the past two seasons (18 in 2010-11 & 17 in 2011-12).

 


1 Robert Green          Age-  32          Club-  West Ham United           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  12           Goals conceded-  7

England senior debut:   31st May 2005 vs Colombia (Friendly)

Season 2011-12:   Championship appearances (inc POs)-  45     RC-  1    Clean sheets- 17    Minutes played- 3997    Goals condeded- 47     Saves- 163

Adam's comment: "Robert has been a great servant to West Ham and Norwich and has been a reliable performer and member of their squad for many years. He has been a great goalkeeper and travels to the Euros knowing he is backup to an extremely talented, younger and fitter goalkeeper who rarely gets injured so the likelihood of him getting a chance on the international stage in the future is incredibly slim. His career with England started really well being a regular during the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign but the mistake in the opening game against the USA has blighted his presence in the Three Lions squad since. His shot-stopping skills, quick reactions and great agility had made him one of the best keepers and most consistent goalkeepers we had in the Premier League a few years ago when at West Ham. I distinctly remember his first season when at Old Trafford he pulled off six or seven truly fabulous saves against the odds as the team won to stay in the league on the final day to avoid relegation. He has amazed me at times with his great saves and his experience is useful to have- he is certainly the kind of backup you want in case of injuries or suspensions. He has put the mistake in Blomfontein behind him and has enjoyed a successful campaign albeit in the Championship with the Hammers. He had a solid match in Oslo as well on his return keeping a clean sheet."

About Robert:   Robert came through the youth ranks at Norwich City spending seven years at the club. He joined West Ham in 2006 where he has spent six years. He was sent off this season for the first time in his career against Blackpool while he helped the side to gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. He has become a penalty-saving expert during his Hammers' days saving eight spotkicks in total while is an ever-present figure for the Upton Park club between the sticks.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Robert has spent thirteen years at his two clubs Norwich City and West Ham United making over 450 appearances although he is set to leave the Hammers this summer after rejecting a new contract offer.


23 Jack Butland           Age-  19          Club-  Birmingham City            No of England caps before Euro 2012-  0               Goals conceded-  N/A

England senior debut:   N/ASeason 2011-12:   League Two appearances-  24       Clean sheets- 11        Minutes played-  2160        Goals condeded-  26          Saves- 101

Adam's comment: "Jack is still a relatively unknown name to many in the footballing world but has shown enough to suggest he has the potential to make it all the way to the top. Still yet to prove himself in the Premier League or indeed the second or third tier, a number of top-flight scouts have travelled to watch him and were greatly impressed with his string of fantastic performances for Cheltenham Town in League Two this season. This has earned him rave reviews from many Football League pundits. Having not seen a great deal of him in action, it is difficult for me to judge his strengths and weaknesses although he must have unique talent if he is continually selected for the England U21 international side. He has a huge future in the game and at the young age of 19, he could be gracing the biggest stages and venues for the best part of the next twenty years. Having seen one live Cheltenham match this season with him in goal, he kept a clean sheet and caught the eye for his assured approach and dealing with whatever was thrown at him with assiduous composure. A top talent in the making who will provide good competition for Joe Hart in the coming years."

About Jack:   Jack only made his league debut in September 2011 for Cheltenham and is yet to appear for Birmingham- he also made his England U21 debut in the same month. He has represented England at all youth levels including Under 17s, Under 18s, Under 19s, Under 20s & Under 21s while he is yet to make his senior debut- he travels to Poland and Ukraine as third-choice goalkeeper having been called up to replace the injured Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy. Butland has recently signed a contract extension at St Andrews and is expected to become their first choice keeper next season in the Championship according to boss Chris Hughton- who recently recalled him from his Cheltenham Town loan.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Jack has been called upto the England senior squad for the first time despite not making a single appearance yet for his parent club Birmingham City.

 

DEFENDERS


2 Glen Johnson         Age- 27         Club-  Liverpool              No of England caps before Euro 2012-  36           Goals:  1       Assists:  9

England senior debut:   16th November 2003 vs Denmark (Friendly)

Season 2011-12:    Premier League appearances (sub)-  27 (2)        Minutes played-  2522        Goals-  1        Assists-   2       YC-  4        RC-  0       

Adam's comment: "Glen is a trustworthy member of the squad- you know what you are going to get from him in every single game. As a manager, you are guaranteed to get ninety minutes of hard work and effort no matter what. Glen always puts in a good shift, he is a good healthy, fit athlete who has attacking exploits going down the right hand side. Being a good right-back involves getting the balance right between defending and going forward which he has been criticised about in the past, but he is competent and capable at doing both effectively. Glen always has an eye for goal hitting some truly stunning goals before- he likes advancing down the line linking up with his winger, bombing ahead of him and hitting a shot by coming in onto his left foot. Glen is not afraid to get stuck in with one or two fierce tackles while he never takes his place in the Liverpool or England team for granted. Many managers have favoured him over the likes of Micah Richards. Glen is first in the pecking order at Euro 2012 where he is likely to improve his game. He is still in his prime." 

About Glen:  Glen began his career with West Ham in 2000 before moving around London after their relegation spending a spell on loan at Millwall while then moving to Stamford Bridge fo £6 million becoming the first signing under the Roman Abramovich ownership era. Having lost his place in the side to Paulo Ferreira, Johnson moved to Portsmouth where he received regular playing time being the club's first choice right-back while also being selected occasionally by Harry Redknapp further up the pitch in midfield. His consistent performers caught the eye of the England manager having had a couple of years out of the international set-up while Liverpool came calling in the summer of 2009 where he sealed a £17 million move. He is now ahead of Martin Kelly in the Liverpool side while being selected ahead of Richards, Jones and Smalling for the right-back berth for his country.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Glen has two Premier League winners medals from his time at Chelsea, an FA Cup winners medal during his stay at Portsmouth as well as lifting the Carling Cup last season with current club Liverpool.

 


3 Ashley Cole        Age- 31           Club-  Chelsea           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  94         Goals: 0         Assists: 13

England senior debut:   28th March 2001 vs Albania (Friendly)

Season 2011-12:    Premier League appearances (sub)-  32 (1)         Minutes played-  2926        Goals-  0         Assists-  4        YC-  7         RC-  1

Adam's comment:  "Ashley is a valued member of the England squad- he has all the experience and attributes you need to be a top professional. He is 31 and still looks fit and healthy showing that he looks after himself and could go on for a few more years at the highest level. He has made the left-back position his own over the last ten years for the Three Lions. He is a tough-tackling, no-nonsense defender who can run up and down the line all day long. He can be slightly erratic at times with his tackling whereby he has the tendency to mistime a few on occasion but generally he is the type of person you need. He is highly regarded for his work on the pitch regardless of his personal life problems off the field. He rarely has a bad game, always does his work to the best of ability which is why he has been admired by the world's biggest clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona."

About Ashley:   Ashley began his career at boyhood club Arsenal including being part of their Invincibles unbeaten squad of 2003-04. Cole stayed at Highbury until 2006 where he completed a controversial move to Chelsea- ending a long protracted transfer saga. He has won every single club trophy there is to win with the exception of Europe's second string competition and was arguably the man of the match when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties last month to clinch the title. He has established himself in the England set-up having been part of the fold for eleven years so far. He was England's player of the year in 2010 while Ashley is also the country's most capped full-back. He holds the record for most FA Cup wins for an outfield player with seven to his name. 


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Ashley has won the most England caps (94) out of England's rechanged Euro 2012 23-man squad.

 


5 Martin Kelly          Age-  22            Club-  Liverpool              No of England caps before Euro 2012-  1            Goals: 0            Assists: 0

England senior debut:  26th May 2012 vs Norway (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:    Premier League appearances (sub)-  10 (3)          Minutes played-  959          Goals-  0        Assists- 0        YC-  3       RC- 0

Adam's comment"Martin is a young player who is still learning the basics of the game while the art of defending is something he has quickly grasped. I have seen a lot of him over the past couple of years since he burst onto the scene under Rafael Benitez mainly due to injuries suffered by first-choice defenders. He came in and took his opportunity well and he has really earned his stripes from that. It is hard for a young player to be behind somebody in the pecking order who is more experienced such as Kelly is at Liverpool. He would benefit from a year out on loan at a mid-table Premier League side if he was to be guaranteed regular football. He is great at distributing the ball to others, coming forward but he is mostly good at remaining in position and knowing his job. He will learn a lot from the experience of training with the England senior squad and if he continues to take his chance when it arises at Liverpool then who knows where it could lead to on the international front for him."

About Martin:  Martin has been at Liverpool since he was seven years old. He only received a squad number for the Reds' first team at the beginning of the 2008-09 season making his debut in the Champions League against Marseille in December during that campaign- he later made his first start for the club in the same competition. The right-back, who can also fill in at centre-back, has spent time out on loan at League One side Huddersfield Town to ply his trade. Martin was a regular fixture during the club's Europa League outings while his excellent form- after making a Premier League debut in September 2010- forced Glen Johnson to play at left-back during 2010-11. However, last season his chances of playing were limited under Kenny Dalglish with Johnson and Jose Enrique his regular paired full-back choices.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Kelly has only received one previous call-up for the senior England squad in 2011 but didn't feature. However, he has scored three goals in six appearances for the Under 21s.

 


6 John Terry         Age- 31         Club-  Chelsea           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  73          Goals:  6          Assists:  2

England senior debut:  3rd June 2003 vs Serbia & Montenegro (H)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:    Premier League appearances (sub)-  31 (0)         Minutes played-  2778         Goals- 6         Assists-  2         YC-  6        RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Despite all the furore off the pitch and what he publically gets up to in his own time, John Terry is still a fantastic and world-class central defender with not many being able to say that they have achieved more than what he has done during his career. He is a natural born leader whether he is wearing the armband or not- he can organise the defence and can be an inspiration to others in particular young players on the pitch without question. You can never doubt his ability as a defender but unfortunately controversy appears to follow him around like a shadow. John is so calm and will throw his body infront of anything if it means helping the team get a result- he is not afraid to get hurt and is passionate about football. In terms of his physical presence, he is strong and powerful rarely getting pushed off the ball by centre-forwards. At the Euros, he will be the main central defender while whoever gets to partner him is very lucky and knows that they can stand on his shoulders and be reassured by his presence on the pitch. He has a major influence on the team."

About John:   John has devoted his entire footballing club career to the club which "holds a place in his heart" (according to him) and whom he has supported since he was a child- Chelsea. He started out in midfield but a shortage of central defenders saw him permanently converted to a centre-back. He made his debut in October 1998 and hasn't looked back since. He scored his first goal for the club in 2001 in an FA Cup semi-final against bitter West London rivals Fulham. His international career began in 2003 and just like at Chelsea, it took him three years to open his goalscoring account- netting in a friendly against Hungary before the 2006 World Cup. John has racked up a number of honours while he enjoyed his most prolific season in 2011-12 for the Blues scoring seven goals in all competitions including the final day win over relegated Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

John Terry was the first senior England international player to score at the new Wembley Stadium in June 2007 when heading in against Brazil.

 


12 Leighton Baines          Age-  27           Club-  Everton              No of England caps before Euro 2012-  8           Goals: 0            Assists: 1

England senior debut:   3rd March 2010- vs Egypt (H)- International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  33 (0)         Minutes played-  2953          Goals-  4        Assists-  8       YC-  7        RC-  0

Adam's comment"Leighton is a great player who has probably got one of the best left-foots in football certainly that I have ever seen. He is capable of delivering a mean set-piece and can curl the ball into a dangerous area where he knows that defenders find it difficult to deal with. His free-kicks likewise are exceptional whereby he can get the ball up and down in one movement leaving goalkeepers virtually stranded. He is a fantastic footballer in all and is a superb defender-  a good second-choice left-back to have as you are never afraid to throw him on or in the team. Once Ashley has retired from international duty, the left-back spot be left in good hands with Baines who is also a specialist penalty taker which could come in handy later on in the tournament and something England have longed for over the last few years."

About Leighton:  Leighton began his career at Liverpool but quickly moved to Wigan Athletic in the second division helping them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2004/05. His consistent performances soon saw Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea among other clubs sniffing around him declaring interest but he moved to Everton in 2007 for £5 million. Leighton enjoyed his best season for the Toffees in 2010-11 featuring in every minute of every Premier League match while scoring seven goals and contributing eleven assists for team-mates. Baines was named in the 2011-12 PFA Premier League team of the year. During his international career, he has been understudy to Ashley Cole and was left out of the 2010 World Cup squad with Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock preferred.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Leighton has played in two major finals during his club career but lost them both (2006 Carling Cup Final with Wigan & 2009 FA Cup Final with Everton).

 


14 Phil Jones        Age-  20         Club-  Manchester United             No of England caps before Euro 2012-  5           Goals: 0          Assists: 0

England senior debut:   7th October 2011 vs Montenegro (A)-  Euro 2012 Qualifier

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)- 25 (4)        Minutes played-  2126         Goals-  1         Assists-  0        YC-  6        RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Phil has a number of qualities which have seen him become a real hit in the Premier League having been unknown to everyone whilst in the Blackburn Rovers academy and reserve teams. His versatility is his main strength playing well at right-back, centre-back or in central midfield for both Manchester United and England last season in a season of his dreams really. Each season gets better for him. He is a great guy who throws himself in the way of anything and everything for the cause. I remember watching him for the first time against United for Blackburn in a 0-0 draw and he was phenomenal working tirelessly from minute one to minute ninety. He typifies a good, old-fashioned English centre-back while he performed well for England in two recent friendly internationals in the anchorman role in midfield. His short career so far has been heavenly for him and there is plenty more to come from him in the future. He is future England captain material and is a bright talent- he commands the penalty area well which is a key thing."

About Phil:  Phil burst onto the scene in March 2010 when an injury to Chris Samba in the warm-up gave him the chance to prove himself in the first team at Blackburn Rovers for the first time making his debut in a 1-1 draw against Premier League champions of that season Chelsea. Afterwards, there was nothing but praise and admiration for his performance. In his first full season at Rovers, Phil was played mainly in central defensive midfield alongside Steven N'Zonzi while a torn knee cartilage threatened to end his season prematurely in December but he was back in March finishing the season with 26 league appearances to his name. Thus earning him a big £17.5 million move to Manchester United where he has enjoyed regular football covering all three of his possible positions featuring in 29 of the 38 Premier League fixtures during 2011-12 and is now considered to be an England regular.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Phil Jones made his Premier League debut (in March 2010) just nineteen months before his senior England debut (October 2011) having made 41 league appearances.

 


15 Joleon Lescott        Age-  29           Club-  Manchester City            No of England caps before Euro 2012-  16          Goals: 0         Assists: 0

England senior debut:   13th October 2007 vs Estonia (H)-  Euro 2008 Qualifier

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  30 (1)         Minutes played-  2687           Goals-  2        Assists-  0        YC-  1        RC-  0

Adam's comment:  "Joleon is a good player to have in the England squad for his reliability and durability. He is as hard as nails and hs always been a goalscoring threat in the past from setpieces in particular netting several during his Everton years. It took him a while to settle into the environment at Manchester City and the fact that he needed to handle the pressures of playing for a team challenging for Champions League football and a club that were in a period of transition. But now he is the finished article and we are seeing him in his peak Everton form on a weekly basis for Manchester City who are reaping from its benefits. His partnership with Kompany for me has eclipsed some of the best we have seen in the Premier League. He learns quickly and is able to work with anyone quickly becoming familiar with the way they play. He is especially good at intercepting the play and quick-thinking which bodes well for the tournament."

About Joleon:  Joleon began his career with Wolves making his debut in 2000-01 becoming a regular fixture in the club's defence scooping awards such as Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and being named in the Championship team of the year during his six years at Molineux. He then moved to Everton where his form took to different heights which earned him an international call-up and debut in 2007. After a much publicised debacle, a long awaited transfer saga concluded in the summer of 2009 when Manchester City paid £24 million for his services. Despite being in and out of the England side, Lescott has forged a successful defensive partnership with Vincent Kompany for his club over the past couple of seasons winning the FA Cup and Premier League in consecutive campaigns.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Joleon scored ten goals in all competitions in one season (2007-08) during his Everton days whilst named as the club's Player of the Season and player's player of the campaign.

 


18 Phil Jagielka         Age- 29           Club-  Everton            No of England caps before Euro 2012-  12            Goals:  0             Assists:  0

England senior debut:   1st June 2008 vs Trinidad & Tobago (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  29 (1)         Minutes played-  2611         Goals-  2        Assists-  0        YC-  3         RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Phil is an entrusted member of any team he plays in- he is loyal, fights for every ball and will not stop competing throughout the game. His career has been played at just two clubs showing he is committed and isn't one to move around every season. He sticks by a project to see it through. He is a solid performer at centre-back throwing himself infront of strikers while also netting one or two important goals at the other end- he has a genuinely honest footballer who deserves his place in the England squad. He started off slowly when joining Everton but now you cannot see their defence possibly functioning without his presence- he performs to an equally high standard when occasionally asked to fill in the midfield areas. Once again, Jagielka is one of the players who rarely picks up cards, isn't involved in controversy and quietly gets on with his business in an appropriate way."

About Phil:   Like many of the England team, Phil began his career at his boyhood team. A lifelong Sheffield United supporter, Phil joined up with the Blades youth team before making his first team debut in 2000 against Swindon Town. Since then, he served them well for seven players playing in central midfield mainly, covering in central midfield and even in goal on one occasion. In a Premier League game against Arsenal in 2006, Phil took over the gloves from an injured Paddy Kenny after United had made all their substitutions. He kept a clean sheet as the Blades triumphed 1-0 while Phil made a brilliant last-gasp save from Robin Van Persie. He moved to Everton after their relegation in 2007 while was promoted to the England senior set-up from the Under 21s in May 2008. He is now a regular in the Everton team usually partnering Sylvain Distin or Johnny Heitanga in central defence.


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Phil was also eligible to play international football with Poland through his Polish-born grandfather Nikodem- who he gets his middle name from- but chose England instead.

 

MIDFIELDERS 


4 Steven Gerrard         Age-  32          Club-  Liverpool        No of England caps before Euro 2012-  92             Goals:  19            Assists:  12

England senior debut:   31st May 2000 vs Ukraine (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  12 (6)          Minutes played-   1213          Goals-  5        Assists-  3       YC-  0       RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Glen is a trustworthy member of the squad- you know what you are going to get from him in every single game. As a manager, you are guaranteed to get ninety minutes of hard work and effort no matter what. Glen always puts in a good shift, he is a good healthy, fit athlete who has attacking exploits going down the right hand side. Being a good right-back involves getting the balance right between defending and going forward which he has been criticised about in the past, but he is competent and capable at doing both effectively. Glen always has an eye for goal hitting some truly stunning goals before- he likes advancing down the line linking up with his winger, bombing ahead of him and hitting a shot by coming in onto his left foot. Glen is not afraid to get stuck in with one or two fierce tackles while he never takes his place in the Liverpool or England team for granted. Many managers have favoured him over the likes of Micah Richards. Glen is first in the pecking order at Euro 2012 where he is likely to improve his game. He is still in his prime."

About Steven:  Glen began his career with West Ham in 2000 before moving around London after their relegation spending a spell on loan at Millwall while then moving to Stamford Bridge fo £6 million becoming the first signing under the Roman Abramovich ownership era. Having lost his place in the side to Paulo Ferreira, Johnson moved to Portsmouth where he received regular playing time being the club's first choice right-back while also being selected occasionally by Harry Redknapp further up the pitch in midfield. His consistent performers caught the eye of the England manager having had a couple of years out of the international set-up while Liverpool came calling in the summer of 2009 where he sealed a £17 million move. He is now ahead of Martin Kelly in the Liverpool side while being selected ahead of Richards, Jones and Smalling for the right-back berth for his country.


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Steven was named as captain of England for the Euro 2012 tournament by manager Roy Hodgson- this is the first time that he has been officially appointed as skipper of the Three Lions.

 


7 Theo Walcott               Age-  23              Club-  Arsenal             No of England caps before Euro 2012-  24          Goals:  3           Assists:  8

England senior debut:   30th May 2006 vs Hungary-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  32 (3)          Minutes played-  2748           Goals-  8         Assists-  9       YC-  1      RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Theo is electrifying when he gets on his bike down the right flank- he is so speedy and pacy giving defenders a torrid time with his movement, precise and accurate distribution and his constant threat from the wide area. He has pace to burn which is something that old experienced full-backs hate more than anything else. Walcott has developed into a mature footballer establishing himself in the Arsenal first-team in their attacking three while cementing a regular place in the England squad being their main choice for the right-wing position. Even if he doesn't start matches, Theo can be a super impact substitute with his pace being so effective in the game plan whereby he can be introduced from the bench when defenders start to tire in the second half and he can simply give them a run-around as he is fresh and raring to go. The one area that Theo would probably admit himself that he needs to work on is his final ball- his cross. He can get into some great positions where he needs the right pass or cross to a centre-forward in order for them to complete the move and on more than one occasion he has not been able to provide the correct ball. If he can improve this and his goalscoring record, then he is the full package." 

About Theo:   Theo was a product of the famous Southampton academy starring in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2005. He became the youngest player to make a Southampton first team debut in the same year that he won the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. Walcott moved to the Gunners in January 2006 for a fee rising to £12 million. He was a surprise selection for Sven Goran Eriksson's 2006 World Cup squad for the England senior side having only made his first appearance for them the previous year. Theo scored his first goal for Arsenal in the 2007 Carling Cup final loss to Chelsea. At the beginning of 2008-09 season, he was given the number 14 shirt famously worn by Gunners legend Thierry Henry. In September, he became the youngest player to net a hat-trick for England when he opened his account for his country with a hat-trick against Croatia in Zagreb. In 2009-10, he scored against Barcelona in a Champions League match. He has also scored just one hat-trick in his club career coming for the Gunners in a 6-0 Premier League victory over Blackpool in September 2010.


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Theo became England's youngest ever senior footballer when he made his international debut in 2006 at the age of 17 years and 75 days old.

 


8 Jordan Henderson          Age-  21             Club-  Liverpool             No of England caps before Euro 2012-  3            Goals:  0           Assists:  0

England senior debut:   17th November 2010 vs France (H)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  31 (6)             Minutes played-  2666         Goals-  2         Assists-  4       YC-  3       RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Jordan was a splendid player at Sunderland and still has the makings to become a fantastic player at Liverpool but for me last season he didn't contribute. It is always difficult for players to move to big clubs from lesser clubs and be expected to deliver quickly and consistently which I'm afraid to say he didn't do. He only scores the occasional goal which for a player who always loves to stride forward with the ball and make lung-busting runs is a surprise while his first touch and control technique is decent. Again, I felt the move to Anfield has come a little too soon in his career having said that he had two fantastic seasons in the first team at the Stadium of Light. The price tag has overwhelmed him somewhat- he was mainly thrown out of position on the right hand side which Liverpool seem to do a lot with players. For me, he is a centre-midfield as he is an all-action player who likes to get involved in the game. He has pace but cannot take players on like wingers are expected to do. He is only going to be given a chance at the Euros if injuries are concerned. You have to say he has deserved a crack of the whip at international level for the hard work he has put in to get where he is today."

About Jordan:  Jordan made his first team debut at Sunderland in November 2008 in difficult circumstances coming on as a half-time substitute in the pouring rain at Stamford Bridge in a match they were losing 4-0 at the time which they eventually went onto lose 5-0. He was farmed to Coventry City in the Championship on loan for the rest of the season at the beginning of January. He rose to stardom scoring twice in ten appearances before injury ended his spell at the Ricoh Arena. In 2009-10, Henderson managed to force his way into Steve Bruce's plans making 33 appearances in the Premier League in total during the season. He scored the first of two goals in a 4-3 defeat at Manchester City in November while he also had six assists. Henderson began 2010-11 well scoring against West Ham in November days after making his senior England debut against France. Jordan was a regular for the England Under 21s side whom he captained while last summer he moved to Liverpool for £20 million where he was a near regular in the side during 2011-12 starting both the Carling Cup final win over Cardiff and FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.


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Jordan won Sunderland's Young Player of the Season award in each of the two seasons that he spent in the Black Cats first team.

 


11 Ashley Young          Age-  26          Club-  Manchester United           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  21          Goals:  6         Assists:  7

England senior debut:   16th November 2007 vs Austria (H)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  19 (6)          Minutes played-  1573        Goals-  6         Assists-  8        YC-  3       RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Ashley is a similar winger to the likes of Theo Walcott and Stewart Downing where he has genuine pace which gives defenders nightmares and when he is in the mood and turns on the tricks he can be unstoppable on his day- this is what prompted Manchester United to sign him. He has improved both feet whereby a few years ago he was only a one-trick and one-foot pony but he has really worked on his game and he is now considered to be the best player for the country now at Euro 2012. He is always a good free-kick and setpiece taker- he can curl some delightful balls which make it difficult for goalkeepers. He is good at taking on full-backs and can confuse them by turning inside and then out. His progress at Old Trafford this season looked to be running smoothly until it was hindered by injury but he came back to become a key player in the final few weeks of the season but just fell short of the title. Young will be a better player next year and a good tournament could see his profile raise even higher."

About Ashley:  Ashley started his career at Watford making his first senior appearance in 2003 under England manager Roy Hodgson's current assistant boss Ray Lewington. He became a key player for the Hornets starring in their 2005-06 promotion campaign to the Premier League. Young joined Aston Villa in January 2007 for £9.65 million after scoring three times in twenty appearances in the first half of the season for Watford. Ashley rose to prominence in no time at all at the Midlands club finishing at the top of their assists chart in the Premier League in back-to-back seasons while becoming the first player to pick up three PL Player of the Month awards in the same year. His crosses became a trademark while he started to feature on a more regular basis for England. Ashley joined Manchester United last summer for an undisclosed fee with the Red Devils beating Liverpool to his signature. He started only half of their Premier League games through injury but netted two screamers in each of the matches against Arsenal and Tottenham although he was heavily criticised for alleged diving in order to win penalties towards the end of the season.


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Before the Belgium match on 2nd June, Ashley had scored in four consecutive international matches for England- this was the first time in his career that he netted in four successive games.

 


16 James Milner          Age-  26           Club-  Manchester City             No of England caps before Euro 2012-  26            Goals:  0           Assists:  4

England senior debut:   12th August 2009 vs Holland (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  17 (9)          Minutes played-  1579            Goals-  3         Assists-  2        YC-  3       RC-  0

Adam's comment: "James Milner is just as important as any of the other midfielders in the England squad in my book because of his unique versatility and with the luck that they are having with injuries at the moment, he is just the player you need but this is not the only reason why he has became a regular Fabio Capello squad choice over the last three years. He is still only 26 but has been around for a while. I think he operates better in the middle of the park as he doesn't shy away from the tackle, is a good passer of the ball and can create things when given the opportunity to monopolise the player. You get nothing short of 100% graft from him over ninety minutes and over the course of last season, he was fantastic and played his own part in City's title victory. The last eight weeks of the season were a little disappointing for him in terms of the number of minutes he played but don't forget that City have a world class midfielder and in some games I have seen him play for City, he has shown up the likes of Silva and Yaya Toure. He didn't get much of a chance at the 2010 World Cup but he should get more games this time around. Him and Gareth Barry have a good working relationship so its a shame that this combination cannot be trialled at the Euros."

About James:  James can fill the void of right-back, left-back, right sided midfield player, left sided midfield player and in central midfield in both attacking and defensive roles playing in a number of these positions during his career. He began at Leeds United moving onto Newcastle in 2004 for £3.6 million before becoming out of favour so was loaned out to Aston Villa. Following his return to St James Park, he became a first-team regular while in October 2007 he scored the Magpies' 500th home Premier League goal against Spurs. He swiftly moved on back to Midlands outfit Villa after handing in a transfer request at the end of 2007-08 season joining in a £12 million deal. He quickly established himself as captain Stiliyan Petrov's central midfield partner spending two years at the club playing in their 2010 Carling Cup final defeat to Manchester United and FA Cup Semi-Final loss to Chelsea. He played and scored in their first PL match of 2010-11 against West Ham before moving to Manchester City for around £24 million in a part-exchange deal involving Stephen Ireland. He was an unused substitute in their FA Cup final victory over Stoke in 2011 although he started the 2011-12 season well in, his form petered out and he soon found himself on the bench.  


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James holds the record number of appearances made for the England Under 21 side appearing 46 times netting nine goals.

 


17 Scott Parker         Age-  31        Club-  Tottenham          No of England caps before Euro 2012-  13            Goals:  0           Assists:  1

England senior debut:   16th November 2003 vs Denmark (H)-  Euro 2004 Qualifier

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  28 (1)        Minutes played-  2475         Goals-  0         Assists-  4      YC-  9       RC-  1

Adam's comment: "Scott is a combative, tough-tackling midfielder who is an inspiration to many and is a really talented player. He is the player who anchors and holds the midfield together- he does the sweeping up role in a diligant way game in game out. He knits together the movement between the defence and attack so well. He will stay in the middle of the park and will not wander off up the pitch- his tackling abilities are his main strength despite having the tendency to mistime a few. His no-nonsense and serious take on the pitch makes him such a vital member of the team in defensive midfield and can fit in whatever the formation. Before his move to Tottenham, he was terrific for West Ham and was the only bright spark in their side which was relegated. Since he has moved to White Hart Lane, he has just picked up where he left off- he belongs in the Premier League and deserves to be at the Euros for his consistent displays. Even though he is slightly injured, he will need to show his best more than ever with Lampard & Barry already out."

About Scott:  Scott signed for Charlton as a trainee making his first-team debut in August 1997. After interest from Chelsea, Parker moved to Stamford Bridge for £10 million in 2004 although he stayed for one season having failed to establish himself in the team- scoring just one goal although he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. Scott was sold to Newcastle United where he became a regular fixture in the Magpies midfield helping them into Europe. However, he soon became out of favour and moved onto West Ham in the summer of 2007. Scott didn't make his debut until September due to injury. He became captain and the highest paid player in the club's history. In the 2010-11 season, he was the club's top goalscorer and performed consistently earning him rave reviews and an England call-up. He was voted Football Writers' Player of the Season despite the Hammers being relegated. He moved to Tottenham at the end of August 2011 having started West Ham's first four Championship games. He has represented England at all levels from Under 16s to senior. He was named man of the match in a friendly against Spain and was captain of England against Holland for the first time.


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Scott won his first four England caps while playing for four different clubs.

 


19 Stewart Downing           Age-  27             Club-  Liverpool             No of England caps before Euro 2012-  34           Goals:  0            Assists: 9

England senior debut:   9th February 2005 vs Holland (International Friendly)

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  28 (8)           Minutes played-  2478           Goals-  0          Assists-  0        YC-  1       RC-  0

Adam's comment: "There is no question that Stewart has ability and he is one of the best English wingers that we have got at our disposal so I defend the decision to call him up because he has shown over numerous years that he has got what it takes and can produce. He can cross effectively using both feet which is quite a unique skill to have and he is best at taking on full-backs, getting past them and delivering pacy crosses from the wide areas. During his Aston Villa days, we saw him on both wings while at Middlesbrough we saw him sometimes playing just behind the striker but at Liverpool he has been wide left all season. For him, no Premier League goals or assists in any season is disappointing but when he is playing for Liverpool- one of the most famous clubs in the world in what probably has been the most important campaign of his entire career with Euro 2012 at the end of it which could determine the rest of his international career is extremely disappointing. I would have to say he has probably the most disappointing this season out of all 23 members of the England squad. However, he will improve on that total and he now must focus on getting it right for England in Poland & Ukraine." 

About Stewart:  Born in Middlesbrough, Stewart came through the local academy on Teeside making his Premier League debut for Boro in April 2002 while he was loaned out to Sunderland in 2002-03. In 2003-04, he began to break into the first team ahead of Bolo Zenden who moved on adding goals to his game and a regular provider for other players. His form earned him a call-up for the 2006 World Cup squad as back-up primarily to Joe Cole under Sven Goran Eriksson making two appearances. He stayed at Boro until the summer of 2009 when the club were relegated from the Premier League where he left to join Aston Villa in a £10 million deal. Having moulded himself into a true talent on the left wing, Downing soon was wanted by bigger clubs while also receiving international recognition becoming a firm squad choice for England. He moved to Liverpool last summer for an undisclosed fee but he is yet to score or pick up an assist in the Premier League for them- his only two goals and two assists coming in the FA Cup while he is yet to score for his country.  


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Stewart has won the League Cup twice in his career (with Middlesbrough and Liverpool) but it is the only trophy he has lifted so far.

 


20 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain        Age-  18        Club-  Arsenal           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  2             Goals:  0           Assists:  0

England senior debut:   26th May 2012 vs Norway (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  6 (10)         Minutes played-  555          Goals-  2         Assists-  1        YC-  0        RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Oxlade-Chamberlain is a real gem and a very talented young player who has a massive future with England and Arsenal ahead of him. He has risen to fame coming from the well-renowned Southampton academy and attracted interest from a massive Premier League club after just one full season inthe Saints first-team meaning he must be good- especially if Arsene Wenger likes him. Alex has probably not worked out what his best position is- wide left, wide right, a central midfielder or a central attacking midfielder playing just behind the striker in the role Steven Gerrard plays for Liverpool and will do for England. Personally, I think he is best when he is using his skills and box of tricks against defenders out wide whether that be from the left or right as he is comfortable coming in from either flank. Obviously, ten goals in forty-five games last campaign was a decent return but you expect him to improve that aspect of his game being at a huge club. He deserves a chance to showcase his talent on a huge international tournament stage for the senior squad- he has developed rapidly and been fast-tracked through. Let's see what the boy has in his locker for England at Euro 2012. Next season will be when it all starts to fall into place for Oxlade-Chamberlain with the Gunners. He is still learning and can only get better." 

About Alex:  Alex began his career, like Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott, at the Southampton academy making his first team debut in 2010 at the age of 16 years and 199 days old- the second youngest player for the club behind Walcott. At the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he made his full bow in a Carling Cup tie against Bournemouth scoring his first senior goal which led to an extended run in the side during the campaign. Alex finished the season with ten goals, a place in the PFA League One team of the year and promotion with the Saints to the Championship. He signed for Arsenal at the beginning of August 2011 for £12 million. Son of former footballer Mark Chamberlain, Alex scored on his Champions League debut for the Gunners, made his Premier League debut and first start in the league in both subsequent matches against Manchester United whom were also interested in his signature. He scored his first Premier League goals in a 7-1 victory over Blackburn in February and was a surprise call-up to the Euro squad having made no international appearances for the England senior national team.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Oxlade-Chamberlain become the 150th player to represent Arsenal in the Premier League when he came on for his debut in the 8-2 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in August 2011.

 

STRIKERS 

 


9 Andy Carroll        Age-  23         Club-  Liverpool           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  4         Goals:  1            Assists:  0

England senior debut:   17th November 2010 vs France (H)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  21 (14)        Minutes played-  2063        Goals- 4        Assists-  5        YC-  5        RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Andy has had a lot of criticism from many since his big money move to Anfield for his lack of contribution towards goals. You have to say it was a huge surprise to see him named in the Euro 2012 squad for scoring just nine goals in nearly fifty games this season. A huge question mark hangs over him whereby he is able to be England's striker in the first two games. Can he do it at international level? He poses a huge threat in the air to teams whose defences are shorter in terms of height where he can use his tall frame to his advantage and when he does appear in any team, the game plan evolves around him and being able to get long balls upto him for him to win and then provide a knockdown for a team-mate or get a header in at goal himself. He can make much more of himself if he gets himself into the correct areas in the box and takes more risks in the final third. His form for Newcastle was fantastic although the move has come too soon for him I think. He is still young and has time to improve vastly. Everything is there and in place for him to become Liverpool's top goalscorer for many years to come- firstly he needs to cement a starting place as he is in and out of the team."

About Andy:   Andy began his career at Newcastle United whilst being loaned out to Preston where he scored his first career goal. When he returned from Deepdale, he became the youngest player ever to represent the Magpies in Europe when being introduced for his debut in the UEFA Cup against Palermo in 2006. He scored his first competitive Newcastle goal in his first home start in January 2009- he came to establish himself in the team once the club were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2008-09 season. During their one-year stay in the second tier, Carroll scored 17 goals in 39 appearances ending as the club's top goalscorer that campaign. He was given the club's iconic number nine jersey for the Premier League season 2010-11 where he netted a hat-trick in the second weekend as the Magpies thrashed Aston Villa 6-0. His England debut came in November in a friendly defeat by France. He completed his switch to Liverpool on transfer deadline day in January scoring his first goals for the Reds in a 3-0 victory over Manchester City in April. In 2011-12, Andy ended with a meagre 9 goals from 47 games in all competitions which has earned him a Euro 2012 place.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Andy Carroll joined Liverpool from Newcastle in 2011 for £35 million- making him the Reds' most expensive transfer while it is the highest paid amount by one club to another for a British footballer.

 


10 Wayne Rooney        Age- 26          Club-  Manchester United           No of England caps before Euro 2012-  74             Goals:  28          Assists:  11

England senior debut:   12th February 2003 vs Australia (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  32 (2)        Minutes played-  2838          Goals-  27         Assists-  7        YC-  1        RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Wayne is one of the best forwards ever to grace football- he is ultimately world class and is blessed with the most extraordinary talents. He is Manchester United and England's best player by a country mile and is one of the best on the planet. The way he dictates matches, his strength and aggression is phenomenal. He carries an aerial threat for a relatively small guy and is a certain matchwinner. His ability to make chances for team-mates is just as good as his own goalscoring record which has been crazy over the last few seasons. He is at the peak of his form- there are only two things missing from his glittering CV which I am sure he will love to add- the FA Cup with United and some tournament success with England. It will be a huge miss for the country to see him banned for the first two matches of the tournament which ultimately is a result of one of his very few weaknesses- his temperament- as seen by the number of cards he picks up although he is finally beginning to control it."

About Wayne:  Wayne joined the Everton youth team at the age of nine making his professional first-team debut in 2002. Just two years later, Manchester United came in and bought him for £25.6 million where he made history scoring a hat-trick in his first appearance for the Red Devils in the Champions League win over Fenerbache. He holds many records and awards including becoming United's fourth all-time goalscorer netting his 180th goal for the club in April 2012. The third highest paid footballer in the world Rooney holds the award for the best goal in twenty seasons of the Barclays Premier League for his overhead kick against Manchester City in February 2011. Wayne has won every trophy at United except from the FA Cup whilst racking up a number of honours from the PFA for his displays over the years including being named in the FIFA World Pro XI. While he has travelled to three different international tournaments with England including the 2006 World Cup where he was famously sent off against Portugal. Wayne will be suspended for the first two matches of Euro 2012 after his red card in the final qualifier against Montenegro last October although his ban was reduced.


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Wayne became the youngest player to ever play for England when coming on as a substitute at the age of seventeen while he also became the youngest to score for England's senior team at 17 years and 163 days old.

 


21 Jermain Defoe         Age-  29         Club-  Tottenham          No of England caps before Euro 2012-  47            Goals:  15          Assists: 6

England senior debut:   31st March 2004 vs Sweden (A)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  16 (6)       Minutes played-  1285       Goals-  11        Assists-  4        YC-  2        RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Jermain has always struggled to gain regular first-team football wherever he has been during his career although his goalscoring record and the way he plays demonstrates that he fully deserves his opportunity and has always staked a claim to be a first-choice striker in somebody's pecking order. He is a Premier League player for sure and has always been in or around the England set-up with the national team coaches always keeping half an eye on him no matter what the statistics read for his club performances. You can never afford to give Jermain even a sniff of the goal because nine times out of ten when he gets a chance, he takes it. His touch and technique is exquisite and he can score supreme goals not just inside but outside the penalty area. He is clinical from twelve yards with penalties and just wants to be in the team and score goals. He has always scored goals whether he has a strike partner or not- I personally think he is more suited to linking up with another forward but he has proven that he doesn't need anybody else. Jermain is a class-act who has been a useful player to the England squad and I hope he gets a chance to show us what he is made of at the European Championships."

About Jermain:  Jermain has spent the bulk of his career in London starting out as a schoolboy at Charlton Athletic before moving onto West Ham at the age of sixteen. After becoming a first-team regular and finding the back of the net on a consistent basis, Tottenham declared their interested in Defoe with the striker moving to White Hart Lane for the first time in 2004. At the end of the 2006-07 season in which he was rotated in and out of the side by Martin Jol, Defoe expressed his desire to leave but stayed until January where he departed for Portsmouth ending 2007-08 with eight goals in twelve appearances although didn't contribute to their spring FA Cup winning run due to being ineligible. He rejoined Spurs in January 2009 becoming the third player to score five in a Premier League game during 2009-10 in a 9-1 demolition of Wigan. Defoe scored twice in a Champions League win over FC Twente in 2010-11 which ended with only three league goals for the striker and a red card against Aston Villa. Jermain still managed 16 goals in all competitions last season despite Emmanuel Adebayor being the preferred striker in a 4-4-1-1 formation. He netted his first England hat-trick in September 2011 during qualifying for Euro 2012 against Bulgaria at Wembley.


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Jermain Defoe has never completed a full ninety minutes of football for England and has made 29 appearances for the Three Lions- a record number for an England player.

 

 

22 Danny Welbeck         Age- 21           Club-  Manchester United            No of England caps before Euro 2012-  5          Goals:  1         Assists: 0

England senior debut:   29th March 2011 vs Ghana (H)-  International Friendly

Season 2011-12:   Premier League appearances (sub)-  23 (7)         Minutes played-  2017        Goals-  9       Assists-  3         YC-  3          RC-  0

Adam's comment: "Danny has benefitted hugely from the experience of first being loaned out to Sunderland in order to get a feel of Premier League fooball on a regular basis for a team lower down in the table and then to come back and be involved so heavily in a rigorous season in the United first-team. This season has been like a dream come true for the young man- to be the main partner for arguably the best forward in the country and for the country is a massive thing and he will have learned a great deal from playing alongside Wayne. He has shone on the big stage and has demonstrated that the pressures have not fazed him and he can handle playing for such a big club who are in contention to win the greatest prizes in club football and host 75,000 fans at Old Trafford. Next season will only get better for him- he has good link-up play in his locker but for me he must target a few more goals as at the moment he is one of those forwards who needs two or three chances before taking one which you are not going to get at the Euros."

About Danny:  Danny first grabbed the attention of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by scoring a hatful of goals in United's academy and reserve teams. As a result, he was handed his first team debut as a substitute in a 5-0 Premier League victory over Stoke City in October 2008 scoring a superb goal. He was given more opportunities from then on albeit in cup competitions while he was handed a Champions League bow during the 2009-10 season. Welbeck spent time out on loan firstly at Preston in the Championship and then Sunderland under Steve Bruce in the Premier League scoring six times in 26 appearances before returning to Old Trafford. He became a full first-team regular in 2011-12 becoming Wayne Rooney's main strike partner where he flourished on the big stage becoming an important player during the season netting twelve times in all competitions and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Season award although this was eventually awarded to Kyle Walker.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Danny scored his first international goal at senior level for England against Belgium on 2nd June but made his debut against Ghana while he could have been playing for them through his Ghanian parents and was approached by the Ghana Football Association before the game.

 

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