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Walcott & Carroll Benched By Hodgson For Ukraine Test

Roy Hodgson has decided to start Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll from the bench tonight for England’s decisive clash with Ukraine

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Theo Walcott and Andy Carroll will start from the bench tonight for England’s decisive clash with Ukraine, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal forward Walcott was the impetus for Friday’s 3-2 win over Sweden, coming off the bench to score the equaliser and set up Danny Welbeck’s winner.

His cameo performance was expected to earn the 22-year-old a starting place against Ukraine this evening but it looks like Roy Hodgson has decided to stick with James Milner on the right side of midfield, despite the Man City midfielder drawing criticism for his display’s so far, and once again use Walcott as an impact sub if required.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll may also feel a little unlucky to be dropped after his fine headed opener against Sweden. With the return of Wayne Rooney, Hogdson had to decide between Carroll and Welbeck for the chop and he’s decided to go with the Manchester United team mates up top.

England must avoid defeat to ensure safe passage to the quarter final stages but will be hoping to better France’s result against Sweden so they can avoid a clash with Spain.

Do you think Hodgson has picked the right team? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. vin

    June 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    A very Strange selection,the best players are being dropped. A very positive news for ukraine team.

  2. wow vin is stupid

    June 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    seriously, a combo between young, rooney and welbeck can win games. Walcott will play when Milner is done tiring their left back, carroll will come in for welbeck to head those crosses in. A 90min cup game is more than the starting eleven. It’s tactics. And this looks like a good one to me.

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