Roy Hodgson will announce England’s preliminary Euro 2012 squad next week, it has been confirmed.
The new Three Lions boss will complete his duties with West Brom on Sunday as the Baggies host Arsenal in the final game of their Premier League season.
Hodgson will then have just three days to decide on his initial group of players, with his choices set to be revealed on Wednesday, May 16th.
The 64-year-old certainly has plenty to ponder in relation to the remaining members of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’, such as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
It would be a major surprise if the experienced campaigners were omitted from Hodgson’s preliminary squad, although whether they will all make the final cut is an altogether different matter.
One man who will definitely be going to Euro 2012 is Wayne Rooney, despite the striker being set to miss the matches against France and Sweden after his red card against Montenegro in qualifying.
Hodgson has already confirmed that he will include Rooney, which suggests that he has every faith that whoever he turns to instead for those opening two games will deliver.
After the initial squad is announced, Hodgson must then trim his party down to 23 (with a minimum of three goalkeepers) in order to meet UEFA’s deadline of May 29th.
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