City players named in provisional Euro squads
- 16 May 2012 17:19
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Following Roy Hodgson’s squad announcement for Euro 2012, we take a look at other City players expected to feature in this summer’s tournament.
In addition to those who will play for England, a further five MCFC players have been selected in the provisional Italian, Dutch, French and Spanish team squads for Euro 2012.
Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry and James Milner have all been named in Roy Hodgson's England side and hoping to get the final nod for their respective countries are Mario Balotelli, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Nigel de Jong.
After much speculation, Mario Balotelli, who was left out of the Italian national squad in February, has been named in Cesare Prandelli’s provisional list. Doubt was cast over his involvement this summer, but speaking to the press in recent days, the manager said his inclusion was never in doubt.
Out to defend the title with his Spanish team mates will be David Silva, who was crucial in Spain’s success in Euro 2008. He featured little in the Spanish team which went on to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But, after some dazzling displays for City this season, his inclusion in Vicente Del Bosque's list is well deserved.
Meanwhile, French pair Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy join the seven Premier League players named in Laurent Blanc’s provisional squad. Nasri played an integral part in the French qualifying campaign, captaining his country for the first time in their 2-0 qualification win over Luxembourg. It’s a first time appearance at a Euro championship for Clichy, who faces stiff competition for a spot from Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
Nigel de Jong has also been included in Holland’s provisional team selection. He’s had a lot of experience at international level, featuring in the country’s Euro 2008 and World Cup 2012 sides.
City fans will also notice some familiar faces making an appearance this summer. A few former Blues to look out for are England's Daniel Sturridge, Ireland’s Shay Given and Richard Dunne, Greece’s Georgio Samaras and Croatian international Vedran Corluka.