Steven Gerrard is "quietly confident" about England's chances of success at Euro 2012 despite the lengthy injury list which has disrupted their build-up.
England will head to Poland and Ukraine next week without long-term absentee Jack Wilshere and recent casualties Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard.
The skipper is careful not to overplay expectations but still believes England can emerge with credit from the finals under Roy Hodgson.
He said: "Are expectations coming down all the time? Maybe with the supporters and people around looking at this squad with no Wilshere, Cleverley, Barry, Lampard.
"Of course, people wonder whether we're capable of coping without those players. But we can't control what people say and think. We've got to get on with it and give it our best shot.
"We're quietly confident ... but we're all aware that we've under-delivered in previous tournaments."
The Football Association has confirmed England's 23-man squad to travel to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine:
- 1 Joe Hart
- 2 Glen Johnson
- 3 Ashley Cole
- 4 Steven Gerrard (C)
- 5 Gary Cahill
- 6 John Terry
- 7 Theo Walcott
- 8 Frank Lampard
- 9 Andy Carroll
- 10 Wayne Rooney
- 11 Ashley Young
- 12 Leighton Baines
- 13 Robert Green
- 14 Phil Jones
- 15 Joleon Lescott
- 16 James Milner
- 17 Scott Parker
- 18 Phil Jagielka
- 19 Stewart Downing
- 20 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
- 21 Jermain Defoe
- 22 Danny Welbeck
- 23 Jack Butland
See ITV Sport for more.
The Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has been forced to pull out of England's Euro 2012 squad because of a broken finger.
However, it has got worse: he has revealed it was his wedding ring finger - with just over a week to go before his big day:
Taken lots of positives from the 2 days training, and the biggest positive is that it happened with England before a major tournament!From @Johnruddy86 on Twitter:
Also to everyone who has asked…as if it wasn’t unlucky enough, it IS my ring finger and also my first ever broken bone!From @Johnruddy86 on Twitter:
There is more on Euro 2012 on the ITV Sport website.
An FA spokesman has tweeted that Norwich City's goalkeeper John Ruddy is out of England's Euro 2012 squad due to injury:
The family of England player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have reportedly abandoned plans to travel to the European Championship finals because of fears of racial abuse.
According to The Times (£) the 18-year-old winger) advice about the threat of being racially abused.
Absolutely loved playing for england....to say I'm gutted is an understatement of the highest order...From @rioferdy5 on Twitter:
- Steven Gerrard will captain England at Euro 2012.
- Rio Ferdinand's omission was "a footballing decision" and not to do with John Terry.
- Roy Hodgson said he was not concerned by Terry's impending court case.
- Ferdinand was "gracious" about not being in the squad.
- The England manager said Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a "very exciting" player.
- Hodgson decided to choose Phil Jones over Micah Richards.
Roy Hodgson's press conference on his Euro 2012 England squad selection has finished.
Roy Hodgson said Rio Ferdinand was "gracious" when he was told about his omission from the England job.
The new England manager added he was an "admirer" of the Manchester United defender.