Hodgson confirmed Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard would captain England
LONDON: Roy Hodgson has defended his decision to pick John Terry, saying his looming court case had not figured in his calculations.
“If we take the court case first of all — we must emphasise at first that he’s an innocent man until such time as he’s been proven guilty,” Hodgson said.
“I realised when I selected him [Terry] there would be people who would raise their eyebrows. But I think he’s played well and he’s played an important part in their FA Cup victory and reaching the Champions League final.
“I’m hoping he will help us win matches.”
Hodgson meanwhile confirmed Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard would captain England at the Euros.
“I will be counting on him to help me as much as he can, to build the team unity, and build the type of environment to give us a chance to thrive at this tournament,” Hodgson said of Gerrard.
“He merits this distinction. I know him as a person, a player, I know how committed he is to England.”
Other notable selections on Wednesday saw Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earn his first senior call-up after a promising first season with the Premier League giants.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll’s reward for a strong finish to the season is a place among the pool of four strikers.
With Wayne Rooney suspended for England’s opening two Group D games, Carroll is now a strong candidate to lead the attack in the Three Lions’ opening game against France in Donetsk on June 11.
Rooney’s Manchester United colleague Danny Welbeck and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe complete the line-up of forwards.
In midfield Hodgson has opted for an experienced pool of players with several veterans of England’s ill-fated 2010 World Cup campaign in the frame, including Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner and Gareth Barry. Meanwhile Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy has also forced his way into the squad after an acclaimed season for the Canaries.