‘Form’ earns Andy Carroll England start in Euro 2012 warm-up vs Norway

England manager Roy Hodgson has named Andy Carroll in his starting line-up for the Euro 2012 warm-up match against Norway, citing the Liverpool striker’s end-of-season form as the main reason. Pointing the way: Andy Carroll will lead the line for England against Norway on Saturday (Picture: Getty) West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green will also start for his country for the first time since he famously fumbled a Clint Dempsey shot into his own net in the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. The match against Norway represents Hodgson’s first in charge of the national team since he was named Fabio Capello’s successor earlier this month.And he says he is hopeful of learning some more about the players he has chosen in his squad for the summer tournament. On the selection of Carroll, Hodgson said: ‘Carroll will start. He ended the season really well after a difficult start at Liverpool and he has continued in the same vein with us.’A lot of positions are taken care of as we’re still waiting for the Chelsea players and of course Wayne Rooney.’I know what I am going to do, but I haven’t told the players yet.’Hodgson continued: ‘The back four takes care of itself, Rob Green will be in goal and Steven [Gerrard] will start as captain.’ Ups and downs: Rob Green, pictured on his last appearance for England against USA in the 2010 World Cup (Picture: PA) England go into the match with a few unavailable players – including right-back Glen Johnson and striker Danny Welbeck, both of whom are struggling with injuries.This follows the news third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy has been forced to withdraw from the squad after breaking a finger in training. However, Hodgson has allayed fears over midfielder Scott Parker, who was captain in England’s last outing – a 3-2 home defeat to the Netherlands in February – and said he would have some involvement against Norway. ‘Scott Parker is good, we were concerned about his achilles but he’s taken part in all the training and will be taking part tomorrow,’ the manager said.’Glen Johnson has an infected toe that will keep him out of the game tomorrow, but we hope he’ll be OK by next week.’Danny Welbeck’s injury has cleared up less quickly than we’d hoped, but the medical experts tell me he is going to be OK [for Euro 2012].’ Excited: England manager Roy Hodgson is looking forward to Euro 2012 (Picture: Press Association) Asked about his feelings on England’s chances following his first few days at a training camp with the 23-man squad, Hodgson added: ‘I think [our chances are] quite good.’I’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm and the energy the players have brought to the training sessions.’But again we are actually missing probably a third of the squad, and of that third there are quite a few very important players that as yet I haven’t had the chance to work with or see in action.’Certainly the ones I’ve worked with I can only heap praise on for the way they’ve worked so far.It’s always good if your first impression is a good one and my first impression of this group is a very good one.’

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England sweat on Scott Parker injury ahead of late Euro 2012 fitness test

England manager Roy Hodgson’s main injury concern ahead of Euro 2012 continues to be the fitness of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker. Scott Parker is an injury concern for England (Picture: PA) The 31-year-old, who captained the Three Lions against Holland in February, was troubled by an Achilles injury during the latter part of the season and will be assessed by the England medical team on Wednesday.Hodgson will not make a final call on Parker until next Tuesday, when the Chelsea contingent of the squad, fresh from their historic Champions League win, join the rest of their team-mates at England HQ.Despite the injury concerns, Hodgson revealed last week he was confident the former West Ham man would be on the plane to Poland and Ukraine.’Scott’s had an injection which will probably take a week for us to see if it’s been successful or not’, he said.’He could still miss out, although from what I’m hearing, it won’t be a problem. He’s very confident.’Liverpool’s Jordon Henderson remains in reserve in case he fails to recover while his club team-mate Martin Kelly has joined the squad as additional cover for the upcoming friendly in Norway on Saturday.

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England midfielder Scott Parker could miss Euro 2012 with Achilles injury

England manager Roy Hodgson faces an anxious wait to see if midfielder Scott Parker recovers from an Achilles tendon injury, which the ex-West Brom boss admits could rule him out of Euro 2012. Scott Parker is an injury concern for England (Picture: PA) The Spurs captain will be monitored over the next week but if he fails to recover then Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is set to replace him in the team.Hodgson said: ‘Scott’s had an injection which will probably take a week for us to see if it’s been successful or not.’He could still miss out, although from what I’m hearing, it won’t be a problem. He’s very confident.’The England manager said he won’t make a final decision until May 29, when the final Euro 2012 squad needs to be submitted. Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is ready to step in (Picture: EPA) He added: ‘I’ll have that call to make. Do I take the risk and go with a doubt and hope for the best or do I say “I’m sorry, I’ve selected you in my 23 players, but now I have to remove you”?’But I’m very confident that won’t happen. I’m very optimistic. The doctor spoke to Scott Parker and Spurs on Wednesday, so I’m confident – but I can’t give a guarantee.’Henderson has failed to impress at Liverpool this season following his £20million move from Sunderland last summer but he was still included in the stand-by list, and would come in for Parker if necessary.Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, who was not picked because he didn’t want to be a bit-part player, could still return if he was ‘needed’.

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