John Terry on England's roster
WEMBLEY, England -- Former captain John Terry was included on England's European Championship roster Wednesday despite facing trial immediately after the tournament for racially abusing an opponent.
The Football Association's decision to strip Terry of the England captaincy in February over the alleged racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand led to Fabio Capello quitting as the national team coach.
Capello's replacement, Roy Hodgson, has included the Chelsea defender in his 23-man group.
"(The trial) is obviously very unfortunate for him ... but he is innocent until proven guilty," Hodgson said. "I realized when I selected him there would be people who would raise their eyebrows."
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, the brother of Anton, remains off the roster. He has not played for the national team since June 2011.
"It is purely a footballing decision," Hodgson said. "I had to decide ... on what I have seen in recent months, and influenced by the fact Rio hasn't played so much (for England) since the World Cup."
Steven Gerrard, who was Hodgson's captain during his six-month reign at Liverpool, will wear the England captain's armband.
"I shall be counting on him to help me ... build the type of team unity and environment we need to thrive in a tournament," Hodgson said.
England's opener is June 11 against France, followed by matches against Sweden and Ukraine.
Forward Wayne Rooney was included despite being suspended for the opening matches against France and Sweden after being ejected from England's last qualifier in October.
Hodgson has retained 11 members of the team Capello took to South Africa two years ago for the World Cup, a group that lost to Germany in the second round.
Ruddy is being allowed to miss England's final warmup match, on June 2 against Belgium at Wembley, so he can go ahead with his wedding.
"It would have been a nightmare after 1½ years of planning to have to postpone the wedding, so it's a major relief that we can still go ahead," Ruddy said.
England's other warmup match is May 26 against Norway in Oslo.
Goalkeepers: Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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