England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that Tottenham's Scott Parker is a doubt for Euro 2012. The 31-year-old, who has an Achilles tendon injury, was captain under caretaker Stuart Pearce, but has been replaced by Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.
Hodgson said: "Scott's had an injection which will probably take a week for us to see if it's been successful or not. He could still miss out, although from what I'm hearing, it won't be a problem. He's very confident."
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has been placed on stand-by and would be called into the squad if Parker was ruled out of the competition (England 13/8 to win Group D).
Meanwhile, Hodgson believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to make his mark and insists his decision to pick the teenager is not a repeat of Sven-Goran Eriksson's inclusion of Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott for the 2006 World Cup, when he became a passenger in Germany.
He said: "I wouldn't have chosen him if I didn't think he was ready to start games. It won't be easy for him to break into the team given the competition, as we've loaded up in the wide areas because Wayne Rooney (15/8 England to be eliminated in quarter finals) can't play in the first two matches. Alex has a maturity beyond his years. I think sometimes there has to be a place in the squad for a precocious talent. It will help England's future as well."