Hodgson gives Carroll number nine shirt

Hodgson gives Carroll number nine shirt

Roy Hodgson has submitted his final 23-man squad for England’s Euro 2012 campaign with Liverpool forward Andy Carroll handed the number nine shirt.

There are no late surprises as Scott Parker, Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson retained their places despite recent injury scares.

And Carroll, who struggled for large periods with Liverpool this season before rediscovering some form towards the back end of the season, was given the much sought-after number nine slot.

It is not the first time Carroll has been handed a significant number nine jersey with tall striker impressing for Newcastle for the first half of the 2010/11 season wearing the iconic shirt.

Gareth Barry was yesterday ruled out of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine after suffering a tear to his lower abdomen in the 1-0 friendly win against Norway over the weekend.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka was called up as his replacement after manager Roy Hodgson said he would “re-configure” his squad should the Manchester City midfielder miss out.

John Ruddy was the only other casualty, the Norwich goalkeeper, who would have been third choice at the championship, ruled out due to a broken finger and replaced by Birmingham rookie Jack Butland.

Parker (Achilles), Welbeck (ankle) and Johnson (toe) had been doubts but it seems those problems have cleared up and they will report for duty at England’s Watford base today.

England’s squad list and numbers for Euro 2012: 1 Hart, 2 Johnson, 3 Cole, 4 Gerrard, 5 Cahill, 6 Terry, 7 Walcott, 8 Lampard, 9 Carroll, 10 Rooney, 11 Young, 12 Baines, 13 Green, 14 Jones, 15 Lescott, 16 Milner, 17 Parker, 18 Jagielka, 19 Downing, 20 Oxlade-Chamberlain, 21 Defoe, 22 Welbeck, 23 Butland.

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