Euro 2012: Reporters pick their England XIs for Poland & Ukraine

Fabio Capello
Who will Capello pick to play in place of Wayne Rooney?

England booked their place in next summer's European Championships finals in Poland and Ukraine with a draw in Montenegro on Friday and manager Fabio Capello can now start planning for the tournament.

Striker Wayne Rooney will miss out of the championships after he was sent off in the 2-2 draw in Podgorica to leave England short of goal threat up front.

There are also question marks elsewhere in Capello's side, with Rio Ferdinand short of fitness and no first-choice right-back in the absence of the injured Glen Johnson.

The centre of midfield is also unsettled, with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard both missing out in recent games and the emerging Jack Wilshere facing five months out.

BBC Sport asked the leading football reporters across the country to pick their starting XI for England's opening game of Euro 2012.

Pundits' Picks

Henry Winter, Football Correspondent, Daily Telegraph

Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing.

Kevin McCarra, Football Correspondent, Guardian

Joe Hart, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, Darren Bent.

Scott Parker
Spurs midfielder Scott Parker was picked by every reporter

Oliver Kay, Football Correspondent, Times

Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Peter Crouch.

Shaun Custis, Chief Football Writer, Sun

Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Phil Jones, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Darren Bent.

Matt Lawton, Chief Football Correspondent, Daily Mail

Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck.

Martin Lipton, Chief Football Writer, Daily Mirror

Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck.

Paul Joyce, England Reporter, Daily Express

Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, Darren Bent.

Phil Jones
Will Phil Jones find himself starting in the tournament?

Ian Dennis, BBC Senior Football Reporter

Joe Hart, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Jack Wilshere, Scott Parker, Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck.

John Richardson, Chief Football Correspondent, Sunday Express

Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Danny Welbeck.