Gerrard named Eng skipper

Gerrard named Eng skipper

England manager Roy Hodgson included Chelsea's John Terry, Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy in a 23-man squad with Steven Gerrard named as captain on Wednesday for next month's European Championship.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was left out but his club team-mate Wayne Rooney was included despite missing the first two matches of the tournament through suspension. Strikers Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe have also made the list.

Defender Terry is in the squad despite losing the England captaincy in February after being sent to a trial on July 9 charged with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender and Ferdinand's brother Anton. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ruddy, who is due to get married on June 2, could barely contain his surprise at the inclusion on the back of a superb first Premier League season with Norwich City. "It hasn't sunk in yet but I'm absolutely over the moon," he told ‘Sky Sports’. "It was quite surreal. I can't wait to get started. It just caps off a wonderful couple of years I've had at Norwich."
The 25-year-old, who along with Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the only uncapped players in the squad, has been given special leave by the FA to marry his partner Laura on the day England play Belgium in a friendly at Wembley.

England face Norway in Oslo in a warm-up game on May 26 when Hodgson makes his debut as manager before they face Belgium at Wembley Stadium.

The squad: Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Robert Green, John Ruddy. Defenders: Ashley Cole, John Terry, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Leighton Baines, Joleon Lescott, Gary Cahill. Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker,  Gareth Barry, James Milner, Stewart Downing, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young. Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe.

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