Roy Hodgson has stated that he feels he cannot select both John Terry and Rio Ferdinand for England’s Euro 2012 squad.
The 64 year-old will make his England squad selection next Wednesday (16th May), which will be just two days after he officially takes over the role as England manager.
While no final decisions have been made, it is understood that he is considering the possibility of leaving out Terry, whose removal as England captain precipitated Fabio Capello’s departure as manager back in February.
Terry’s court case over a charge of racial abuse of Rio’s brother, Anton (which the Chelsea man denies) is to be heard on 9th July.
Hodgson has been given leave by his club West Bromwich Albion to have two to three days this week on England duty ahead of his last game in charge of the club against Arsenal on Sunday.
Hodgson is yet to speak to Terry or Ferdinand about the prospect of being in the same squad together for up to six weeks. The former Inter Milan manager may even name the squad without consulting either party.
England’s final group opponents, Ukraine meanwhile, named their squad on Tuesday with head coach Oleg Blokhin naming 35 year-old veteran Andrei Shevchenko, who scored against England in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, in the final squad of 23.