Carroll may start against France in Euro 2012

London : England officially finalised the 23-man squad for the European Championship here Tuesday with Liverpool`s out-of-form centre-forward Andy Carroll given the iconic leading striker`s number nine shirt.

Only two changes were made by manager Roy Hodgson from his announced provisional squad May 16.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry will miss the tournament thanks to a muscle tear in his lower abdomen and has been replaced by Everton defender Phil Jagielka, sources report.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Norwich City had been forced to quit because of a finger injury last week and replaced by Birmingham City `s Jack Butland.

Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson, who had a injury scare, were both retained in the squad.

Carroll, who started in England`s 1-0 warm-up victory over Norway May 26, got a more clear hint that he might be the first choice striker for England`s first two group matches (against France and Sweden) after he was confirmed to wear the number nine shirt.

Wayne Rooney is under a two-match ban and will only be eligible in the third group match against the co-hosts Ukraine.


Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham), Jack Butland (Birmingham City)

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton)

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).


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