Roy Hodgson finally put the country out of its misery by naming his 23 man army to invade Eastern Europe this summer. John
Terry has survived alleged racism and his moment of madness in the Champions League semi-final to join fellow Chelsea centre-back
Gary Cahill whilst Rio Ferdinand, brother of the subject of Terry's apparent slurs misses out - we cannot of course make
any rash statements given JT's trial conveniently falls after the Euros. Injury costs PFA Young Player of the Year, Kyle
Walker his place with Glen Johnson making the plane over Micah Richards despite past troubes with Hodgson.
Uncapped John Ruddy squeezed his way into the goalkeeping berths following an impressive season at Norwich. Ruddy was priced at 10/1 to make the squad little over a week ago but the plummet to heavy odds on yesterday was a big clue to the 25 year-old's inclusion. More than likely only injury, or a Robert Green-esque collapse from Joe Hart will see Ruddy on the pitch. Green incidentally fills the final spot between the posts despite his rather meagre attempt to stop a Clint Dempsey shot during the last World Cup.
Andy Carroll's FA Cup final goal along with all round better displays recently mean the pony-tailed monster is preferred to Peter Crouch as the bigman in the squad. United duo Welbeck and Rooney were always going to be included whilst the fourth man in Hodgson's frontline arsenal will be Jermain Defoe with no place for Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge. Wayne Rooney, despite being suspended for the first two games is 9/2 favourite to be the nation's top scorer. Carroll and Welbeck are just behind at 5/1 whilst Ashley Young is 6/1 with a 10/1 bar.
Gerrard, Lampard, Barry, Young and Milner were always relatively assured of places as were Theo Walcott and Scott Parker who have survived fitness scares to make the grade. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the surprise package in a move that echoes of Sven's decision to take Walcott to the 2006 World Cup. Seen as one of Sven's failures, Hodgson will hope his risk is more justified.
Stewart Downing, a key man in Liverpool's poor league showing this season will provide the left footed option with international and club experience seemingly the difference between the former Aston Villa man and Man City's Adam Johnson.
Johnson is on the standy list along with Sturridge, Jagielka, Jack Butland and unbelievably Jordan Henderson who gets preferential treatment to Michael Carrick. Paul Scholes and Joe Cole were outside chances to return to the international stage but neither was named.
The squad are a best price of 13/1 to go all the way but an early exit at the group stage is the 15/8 favourite.
England Euro 2012 Squad
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), John Ruddy (Norwich), Robert Green (West Ham)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City)
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Gareth Barry (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Stewart Dowining (Liverpool), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Man Utd)
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Standby: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)