A tumultuous day in the world of football is developing today as King Kenny leaves Liverpool and an interesting England squad is announced by Roy Hodgson. The Liverpool legend has seen his career at the club come to a tragic end as the club’s owners patience wore thin, on the same day that Rio Ferdinand’s days in the white of England appear to be done and dusted.
Roy Hodgson declared yesterday that he would be naming an experienced squad for the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland but the surprise omission turned out to be that of the Manchester United centre back, who has played more games this season than he has since 2008. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the cut at the expense of players such as Adam Johnson and Jordan Henderson.
Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy has capped a superb first season in the Premier League with a well-deserved call up and Phil Jones got the nod over Phil Jagielka and Micah Richards. The remainder of the squad is pretty straight forward although many are questioning the presence of Stuart Downing after a less than impressive term for struggling Liverpool – who strangely contributed more players than any other team.
As reaction to the squad gained momentum, the news transpired at around 4.30pm, that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish had been fired by the Fenway Sports Group. Following a dismal run of results that started after their Carling Cup final victory which included losses to Wigan, West Brom, Fulham and Swansea – the American owners decided that a change of regime was necessary to kick the sleeping giants back into action.
One has to feel for Dalglish, who stepped into the breach to help his club and undoubtedly got the reds playing attractive football once more – 8th position in the league and someway from Champions League football is however unacceptable for a club of Liverpool’s ilk.
Roberto Martinez is the name on most people’s lips as Dalglish’s successor and is also the bookies favourite.
England Squad for Euro 2012
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Robert Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Stand-by: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)