Roy Hodgson prepares to name England squad for Euro 2012
At midday on Wednesday, Roy Hodgson will announce the 23 players that will board the plane for Poland in early June, hoping to return back from the Ukraine with the European Championship trophy.
May 15th, 2012
Hodgson has had little time to select his first ever England squad, with Euro 2012 looming large on the horizon and there are sure to be one or two surprises from the former West Brom manager.
The 64-year-old hasn’t given too much away ahead of the announcement although he has suggested that players who have formed part of under-achieving teams of the past will get a chance to redeem themselves at the tournament.
“It has been interesting taking over a squad of players that has qualified for the tournament and done extremely well to qualify for the tournament under another manager,” he said.
“I have tried to keep things in mind there and try to put together a squad which I think is capable of doing well in the tournament.
“And giving players also a chance perhaps to show that they are as good a player as we believe they were in the previous tournaments, when maybe the team has not gone quite as far as we hoped they would go.”
Hodgson is likely to have agonised over various players for his England Euro 2012 squad although he admits it has been a relief to finally let go of the West Brom reins and focus on the Three Lions.
“It has been a whirlwind. It has not been easy to balance the two things,” admitted Hodgson.
“It is one thing to say you are going to be fully professional and say you are going to keep your mind focused on your job at West Brom, but when you have just been given the England job and you know the Euros are coming up it is almost inhuman if you can balance it and I’m very grateful to the players that they have balanced themselves”.