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Carrol and Chamberlain named in Euro 2012 squad

Roy Hodgson has named Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his England squad for Euro 2012 - with Rio Ferdinand the most high-profile casualty.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, has emerged as one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League this season, having joined Arsenal from Southampton for £12million in August 2011, and is one of two uncapped players in the squad, along with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.

As was widely reported this morning, there is no place in the 23-man party for Ferdinand, who is now set to retire from international football after winning 81 caps, or the injured Kyle Walker, but John Terry is in.

Ferdinand's Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick has also been left out, while there is no return for Paul Scholes despite widespread calls for the 37-year-old to be persuaded to come out of international retirement.

Scott Parker, who captained England in their last game against the Netherlands, is included despite a persistent Achilles problem, as is Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who has found his form in recent weeks after a difficult start to his Anfield career.

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe will also travel to Poland and Ukraine, with Hodgson opting to take four strikers, but Darren Bent, who has been sidelined for three months with an ankle injury, and Daniel Sturridge miss out, although the latter is on standby.

Manchester City full-back Micah Richards has been overlooked for Glen Johnson, while Stewart Downing has been preferred to Adam Johnson, who has also been placed on standby.

England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Rob Green, John Ruddy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, John Terry

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing

Strikers: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

Standby list: Jack Butland, Phil Jagielka, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge

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