England Manager pleased with his Euro squad selection.
England Manager Roy Hodgson believes he has picked a balanced and exciting 23-man squad that can help the Three Lions make a real challenge at this summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Hodgson unveiled his first England squad on Wednesday morning, with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the two uncapped players amongst the 23.
And while confirming that Steven Gerrard will captain the side in Poland and Ukraine, Hodgson admitted he was excited to see what his side can achieve this summer.
"I won't deny it hasn't been an easy squad to put together and has taken a lot of thought and occupied a lot of my thinking time," said Hodgson.
"But I am very pleased with the result; it is a well-balanced squad and takes into account that a lot of players in the squad have helped England qualify for this tournament and deserve a chance in it.
"I have also added one or two players who are new and may turn out to be very important players going forward.
"John Ruddy has had an excellent season with Norwich, as have his team who have taken the Premier League by storm.
"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a very exciting player, and he has given one or two performances that have made quite an impression on me, not least against AC Milan in the Champions League. I want to see if he can continue as he started."
And Hodgson confirmed Gerrard is the perfect man to captain the side.
"I am pleased to announce Steven Gerrard will captain the team," he added. "He merits this award, or distinction.
"I know him as a player and person, and I know how committed he is to the cause. He was delighted and I will be counting on him to help me to build the type of team unity and environment to help us thrive in an important tournament."