Roy Hodgson sets England squad date

Roy Hodgson has revealed that he will name his England squad for Euro 2012 next Wednesday, Sky Sports reports.

The West Brom man had already admitted that he would take careful consideration in picking the best-equipped players to aid the Three Lions in Ukraine and Poland, and that the contingent would not be named until the end of the Premier League season.

UEFA have set the deadline of May 29th, but Hodgson will pick the squad two weeks early to give the players the relevant notice, and put some out of their misery.

There are a number of key areas that Hodgson will have to make a decision, namely whether to include John Terry, Rio Ferdinand or both given the Chelsea defender’s upcoming court case for allegedly racially abusing the Manchester United man’s brother Anton.

With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two games, Hodgson will need to formulate a plan of how to cover for his star, especially with Darren Bent injured also.

A final squad list has to named on June 2nd, so alterations could be made in the lead-up to this date.

A press conference for next Wednesday has been arranged for 1pm.

By Gareth McKnight