Injury forces Gareth Barry out of England's 23-man squad for Euro 2012



Gareth Barry was withdrawn after 72 minutes in Hodgson's first match in charge as England manager at the weekend through injury



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 


The Football Association has confirmed that Manchester City's Gareth Barry has withdrawn from the England squad for Euro 2012 due to a troubling groin injury.

The 31-year old England midfielder had a scan earlier on Monday, later than planned, which confirmed that he had a tear to the muscle in his lower abdomen meaning a swift end to his participation in the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine next month.

Manager Roy Hodgson commented on the injury to Barry: "I am very disappointed to lose Gareth who is such a valued member of the squad and does an important job for us. He was obviously a huge part of our plans for the tournament. I'm sure he will still have a part to play with England after the Euros. Not only was he [Barry] a member of my original 23-man squad, but he has featured prominently in the England team over the last few years," Hodgson added. I know how much he wanted to be part of the tournament."

Despite losing the holding midfield player, Hodgson is still allowed to recall a member of his standby list choosing Everton's Phil Jagielka to replace Barry rather than the more obvious choice of Liverpool's Jordan Henderson. Jagielka, who impressed during the former West Bromwich Albion boss' first match in the friendly win in Oslo on Saturday in defence, can be deployed as a defensive midfielder. Hodgson's decision to call up Jagielka could also see Manchester United's Phil Jones utilised in midfield, where he played for Manchester United at times during last season.

England's final 23-man squad for Poland and Ukraine must be submitted to UEFA by midday on Tuesday.

Former Aston Villa skipper Barry, who has played 53 times for his country to date scoring three goals, was forced off less than 30 minutes after he was introduced as a half-time substitute against Norway in Oslo on Saturday. He had taken over the captain's armband from Steven Gerrard.

There are still some concerns over Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson, who are recovering from ankle and toe injuries respectively, although the pair are expected to report for duty with the rest of the England squad at their Watford base on Tuesday. An Achilles injury had threatened Scott Parker's involvement at the Euros, but the midfielder proved his fitness by coming through 55 minutes of England's 1-0 win against Norway at the weekend.

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