Euro 2012 qual. - Ferdinand, Gerrard out of England squad

Sun, 02 Oct 20:39:00 2011

England will head into their Euro 2012 showdown with Montenegro without two of their most experienced players after Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard were both left out of Fabio Capello's squad.

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The Three Lions need a draw in Podgorica on Friday to book their place at next summer's European Championship finals, and Capello has decided they can achieve that mission without two men who have amassed a combined total of 167 caps.

Gerrard had already said he did not believe he was fit enough to be involved after only just recovering from a groin injury. However, Ferdinand was expected to be included after shaking off the hamstring strain he suffered at West Brom in August.

Jermain Defoe and Joleon Lescott have lost their places, with Bobby Zamora and Scott Carson recalled to a 24-man squad.

Manchester United's in-form Danny Welbeck and Tottenham's Kyle Walker are also included.

But there was no place for either Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, both of whom had been tipped to make the squad for the match.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson, Joe Hart, David Stockdale

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Micah Richards, John Terry, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young

Forwards: Darren Bent, Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Bobby Zamora. 

PA Sport / Eurosport

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