Roy Hodgson unveiled his England Euro 2012 squad this afternoon and there was not a Newcastle United player in sight. However, official data released today by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that Newcastle defender Danny Simpson should have been boarding the plane to the Ukraine.
The 23-man squad has been chosen using the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index (PPI), the only official player-rating index of the Barclays Premier League. The index measures a player’s all round contribution to the success of his team. Those scores over the course of the season have been used to identify the 23 players who should be representing England this summer.
Dr Ian McHale, Senior Lecturer in Statistics at Salford University, and the data crunchers behind the PPI, said: “The selection of the England squad for the Euros will divide opinion up and down the land, whether at work, on your games console or in the corridors of The FA.”
“There’s some shock inclusions in the EA SPORTS Euro 2012 squad but the math doesn’t lie. The PPI provides objective ratings for players’ performances in a match and over a season.”
Danny Simpson is an inclusion that may raise eyebrows, but he is the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index’s highest ranking English full back, securing his place in the 23-man team. Simpson’s won an impressive 79% of tackles this season and made 43 clearances including several match saving goal line clearances that could make all the difference in Poland and the Ukraine.
Here is the full squad, including Danny Simpson…
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Ben Foster (West Brom), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Danny Simpson (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Spurs), Leighton Baines (Everton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), John Terry (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Shawcross (Stoke)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Matt Jarvis (Wolves), Matthew Etherington (Stoke), Ashley Young (Man Utd), Danny Murphy (Fulham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Gareth Barry (Man City), Michael Carrick (Man Utd)
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Danny Wellbeck (Man Utd), Grant Holt (Norwich), Danny Graham (Swansea)
What do you think about the inclusion of Simpson, the squad as a whole and how it compares to Hodgson’s selection of 23?
Choose your England squad and lead your country to glory in EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012, available to download now on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Visit www.EA.com/UK/Football/euro12 for more information.