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Liverpool at Euro 2012: Only Gerrard and Johnson seem to be getting the minutes

Liverpool at Euro 2012: Only Gerrard and Johnson seem to be getting the minutes

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Gerrard has dragged Liverpool through many a time and yet again it shows here. While most of his teammates struggle to get minutes, he's been a leading light for England

Arsenal


GOALKEEPERS

Pepe Reina | SPAIN


France

Goal.com Average Rating: NA
Appearances: NA
 Goals Conceded: NA
 Saves: NA
 Errors leading to goal: NA
It really is a testament to Spain's depth in the keeper department that a player as well-rounded as Reina is only second choice. But with Iker Casillas in the searing form he inevitably seems to be in, day-in day-out, we can't foresee anything but an injury or suspension to the Spanish skipper giving Reina a game...

Arsenal


DEFENDERS

Daniel Agger | DENMARK


France

Goal.com Average Rating: (3.00)
Appearances: 3
 Tackles: 1
 Clearances: 3
 Blocks: 0
Daniel Agger has led his country proudly in the Group of Death, the crowning achievement for Morten Olsen's men being the 1-0 defeat of the Netherlands. His only shaky game was against Portugal, but really, looking at the sort of strikeforce they had, it's more than excusable. Honestly speaking, everyone privately viewed them as elimination candidates, but full credit to them for drawing it out till the final day.


Glen Johnson | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.50)
Appearances: 3
 Tackles: 6
 Clearances: 10
 Blocks: 0
Glen Johnson has had a pretty decent tournament so far. His combination of strength and pace has made him England's choice for attacking full-back over Ashley Cole and they direct more balls down his channel. Of course, Cole has been playing a better overall game, but Hodgson doesn't want to risk him in attack too much. So far Johnson hasn't had any major disappointments, but let's not jinx it...


Martin Kelly | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: NA
Appearances: NA
 Tackles: NA
 Clearances: NA
 Blocks: NA
He was brought in as the official replacement for Gary Cahill, but in reality, he has just pushed Phil Jones up the pecking order. Game time looks seriously unlikely for him.

Arsenal


MIDFIELDERS


Stewart Downing | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: NA
Appearances: NA
Average Passes Per Game: NA
 Passing Accuracy: NA
 Passing Accuracy opp. Half: NA
His inexplicable inclusion over the likes of Aaron Lennon and Adam Johnson is made even more baffling by the fact that Hodgson seems to have no intention of playing Downing. The mystery continues...


Jordan Henderson | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: NA
Appearances: (1)
Average Passes Per Game: NA
 Passing Accuracy: NA
 Passing Accuracy opp. Half: NA
The last-minute replacement for Frank Lampard, the 20-year old is probably on the last rung of the selection ladder. Still, this sort of international experience can only do him good. He did come on for a few minutes in their opening game against France and barely managed to touch the ball.


Steven Gerrard | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: (3.17)
Appearances:  3
Average Passes Per Game: 50
 Passing Accuracy: 86.4%
 Passing Accuracy opp. Half: 73.6%
The instance of a captain leading by example is quite easily exemplified and underlined by Steven Gerrard. Perhaps the only stellar player in a scrappy England side, if it's true that England are 'taking the Chelsea blueprint', then Gerrard is definitely their Drogba. Somehow managing to be everywhere on the pitch, he is as spirited in defence as he is in his unfailing vision for the pass. And of course the occasional shot from distance. Captain Fantastic.

Arsenal


FORWARDS


Andy Carroll | ENGLAND


England

Goal.com Average Rating: (2.50)
Appearances: 1 (1)
 Goals: 1
 Total shots on target: 1
Total shots off target: 1
Having been threatening to recover his form for a very long time now, Andy Carroll hasn't been having the most wonderful Euros imaginable. But in a stodgy England side that needs a target man for long balls, he's put in his shift every time he's played. And, of course, we cannot forget that ridiculously powerful header he blasted into the Swedish net during the 2-3 goalfest.

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