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Poll: Who should have replaced Gary Cahill in the England squad for Euro 2012?

Martin Kelly has replaced the Chelsea defender in the Three Lions squad going to Poland and Ukraine, but would Rio Ferdinand or Micah Richards have been more deserving?


After Gary Cahill became the latest victim of England's major tournament injury curse, Roy Hodgson's squad selection for Euro 2012 has once again come under fire.

Liverpool right-back Martin Kelly has been called up to replace Cahill, further swelling the Merseysiders' contingent in the Three Lions camp to six.

When placed within the context of a season at Anfield which began with considerable investment and ended with the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, such a level of influence can legitimately be questioned.

Then there is also the issue of those fit, but left at home - Rio Ferdinand, excluded for "footballing reasons" against the backdrop of much-publicised tension with Chelsea skipper John Terry, or Micah Richards, mystifyingly mistrusted by a succession of England managers.

Kelly boasts neither the experience nor the achievements to match Richards but, unlike the City man, he consented to being placed on the standby list. If Hodgson is determined to include only those desperate to be involved, then the Liverpool youngster presents a strong case having made his senior debut against Norway last week.

Nevertheless, there remains the argument that Hodgson might have done things differently - that Ferdinand and Terry might have been reconciled for the greater good, or that Richards might have felt more valued.


Should attempts have been made to bring Ferdinand or Richards into the fold once the extent of Cahill's injury became known? Should someone else have been given a chance? Or does Kelly deserve his place? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll, leaving a comment below or getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

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Who should have replaced Gary Cahill in the England squad?