Sven names preliminary squad
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sven Goran Eriksson has named his preliminary squad of 23 players for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal this June.
There were no surprises in the England party with Eriksson opting to go with only four strikers, meaning there was no place for Leeds United idol Alan Smith or Tottenham's in-form Jermain Defoe.
Jamie Carragher was rewarded for an impressive personal campaign for Liverpool with a place in the party, with his versatility also a factor.
Ledley King, who scored on his international debut against Portugal, retains his place and Phil Neville is another to profit from his adaptability as he can also operate in a defensive midfield role as well as in either full back slot.
Joe Cole could be a dangerous proposition coming off the substitutes' bench while Newcastle United's Kieron Dyer is included despite doubts over his fitness.
Gareth Southgate was not deemed fit enough to make the trip after suffering a knee injury in training with Middlesbrough and the likes of Jonathan Woodgate and Rio Ferdinand were also unavailable.
Southgate, Birmingham City's Matthew Upson, Scott Parker of Chelsea, Defoe, Smith and Everton's Richard Wright have been placed on stand-by.
England preliminary squad:
David James (Man City), Paul Robinson (Tottenham), Ian Walker (Leicester); Gary Neville (Man United), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), John Terry (Chelsea), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), Phil Neville (Man United); Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Nicky Butt (Man United), David Beckham (Real Madrid), Paul Scholes (Man United), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich); Wayne Rooney (Everton), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Emile Heskey (Liverpool), Darius Vassell (Aston Villa).
Click here to see Sven's squad in pictures.