Gareth Barry Ruled Out of Euro 2012
Phil Jagielka will finally get to go to a major tournament after he was called into England's Euro 2012 squad as replacement for Gareth Barry.
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Manager Roy Hodgson had indicated he would "re-configure" his 23-man squad if Barry was ruled out by the stomach problem he suffered during Saturday's friendly win in Norway.
And after scans confirmed Barry could not play any meaningful role in Poland and Ukraine this summer, Hodgson did just that, adding Jagielka as an eighth defender in preference to Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, who had been on standby in midfield.
It brings some kind of closure for Jagielka, who had appeared well set to be part of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad in 2010 until he ruptured his cruciate ligament in April 2009.
The 29-year-old was missing for 10 months, leaving him with no time to convince Capello he could recapture his old form on the international stage.
Prior to the Wembley defeat by Holland in February though, Jagielka had been named in every squad but one since the World Cup, making three appearances during the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
Together with Joleon Lescott, Jagielka kept world champions Spain out at Wembley last November and might have considered himself unfortunate not to be included in Hodgson's original 23-man squad instead of being named on standby.
However, with Chelsea trio John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill missing the Oslo trip and Glen Johnson ruled out through injury, Hodgson selected Jagielka in central defence at the weekend and must have been impressed by the response.
So, once Barry was ruled out, the Everton man was added to the official squad that will now be confirmed to UEFA by 11am on Tuesday.
It is harsh luck on Barry of course.
However, Hodgson had no need to play the same kind of waiting game Capello had to in South Africa, when Barry made the trip even though he was struggling to shake off an ankle injury and ultimately performed poorly after missing the opening game with the United States.
He was quick to assure Barry he does still have a future with the Three Lions though.
"I am very disappointed to lose Gareth, not only was he a member of my original 23-man squad but he has featured prominently in the England team over the last few years," said Hodgson.
"I know how much he wanted to be part of the tournament but I'm sure he will still have a part to play with England after the Euros.
"I wish him a speedy recovery."
Previous doubts Danny Welbeck, Glen Johnson and Scott Parker have all been given the green light, so Hodgson can count himself reasonably satisfied as his only other casualty was third-choice keeper John Ruddy, who has been replaced by Birmingham rookie Jack Butland.
England still have one friendly to go though, against Belgium at Wembley on Saturday.
Not that World Cup winner Gordon Banks is holding out too much hope for what happens afterwards.
Speaking at the Every Player Counts Awards at the Grass Roots Football Show, Banks expressed fears for the summer campaign: "England didn't play very well at all on Saturday.
"If they are going to do anything in the tournament they will have to play better.
"They were a little bit too defensive and I thought Roy was looking for a result which would maybe give the lads a bit of confidence.
"There were one or two new players but you could see it is going to take a while."
It is bedding-in time Hodgson simply does not have.
"It was terrible to leave it so late," said Banks.
"I couldn't understand that at all. Why wasn't he appointed earlier?
"There are so many things to do when someone takes over. There is more to it than just picking a side and expecting them to play.
"I didn't think it was right to leave it so long."
Gareth Barry Factfile:
1981: Born, Hastings, February 23.
1997: Joins Aston Villa as a trainee from Brighton for £50,000.
1998: February 23 - Signs first professional contract at Villa.
May 2 - Makes debut as substitute in 3-1 Premier League win at Sheffield Wednesday.
May 10 - Makes first start for Villa in 1-0 home win over Arsenal.
November 17 - Makes England Under-21 debut in friendly against Czech Republic. Goes on to earn 27 caps.
1999: April 24 - Scores first Villa goal in 2-0 Premier League win over Nottingham Forest.
2000: May 31 - Makes senior England debut as substitute in 2-0 friendly win over Ukraine at Wembley.
June: Called up to England's Euro 2000 squad but does not feature during the tournament.
September 2 - Starts first senior England game in 1-1 draw with France in Paris.
2006: August 19 - Awarded Villa captaincy for opening Premier League game of the season at Arsenal and retains the job.
August 27 - Ends speculation about his future by signing a four-year contract at Villa.
2007: February 2 - Named in England squad for first time since 2003 for friendly against Spain.
October 28 - Becomes youngest player to make 300 Premier League appearances (aged 26 years 247 days), beating Frank Lampard's record.
2008: May 1 - Liverpool launch bid to buy Barry.
May 2 - Villa boss Martin O'Neill confirms Liverpool's bid but decries it as "a mish-mash of nameless player exchanges". O'Neill also criticises Liverpool for making their interest public.
June 1 - Scores first international goal in England's 3-0 friendly win in Trinidad and Tobago. Also captains England for the first time in second half of the game.
Describes Liverpool's interest as "flattering".
June 29 - Reveals he wants to join Liverpool and criticises O'Neill for not making enough effort to keep him at Villa Park.
July 2 - Fined two weeks' wages and ordered not to return for pre-season training for his criticism of O'Neill. Villa reveal they have rejected another improved offer from Liverpool.
July 16 - Permitted to return to training.
July 22 - Plays for Villa in a friendly at Walsall and is booed by the travelling supporters.
August 22 - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals his own interest in Barry.
August 27 - Barry's agent confirms the player will stay with Villa.
2009: May - Villa offer to make Barry their highest-paid player if he signs a new contract.
June 2 - Joins Manchester City for £12million.
September 20 - Scores his first Premier League goal for City in 4-3 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
2010: March 3 - Handed captain's armband during England's 3-1 friendly win over Egypt at Wembley.
June - Plays in three of England's games during World Cup in South Africa, including 4-1 last-16 loss to Germany in Bloemfontein.
2011: May 14 - Helps City win FA Cup - ending the club's 35-year wait for a major trophy.
November 12 - Wins 50th England cap in 1-0 home friendly win over Spain.
2012: May 13 - Helps City clinch Premier League title - their first in 44 years - with dramatic final-day 3-2 win over QPR.
May 28 - Ruled out of England's Euro 2012 squad with a lower abdomen injury.