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Monday 28 May 2012

Man City's Barry out of Euro 2012

Midfielder replaced in England squad by Everton defender Phil Jagielka

Gareth Barry was replaced by Jordan Henderson during the second half in Norway

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has been ruled out of UEFA Euro 2012.

The 31-year-old was forced off in the second half of England's 1-0 friendly victory over Norway on Saturday.

He went for a scan on Monday with the results confirming that he has a tear in the muscle in his lower abdomen.

"I'm sure he will still have a part to play with England after the Euros"
- Roy Hodgson

Barry, who has just won the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City, has won 53 caps for his country – scoring three goals.

New England manager Roy Hodgson has called up Everton defender Phil Jagielka as Barry’s replacement.

"I'm 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," Hodgson told the Football Association website.

"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."

The deadline for submitting Euro 2012 squads to UEFA is at 11am on Tuesday morning.

England play Belgium in their final warm-up match on Saturday while their first contest of Euro 2012 is against France in Donetsk on 11th June.

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Key Points

  • Man City's Gareth Barry is ruled out of UEFA Euro 2012
  • Midfielder has a tear in his lower abdomen muscle
  • Everton defender Phil Jagielka named as his replacement