In a move that is in keeping with the England boss’ plans to shake up the squad with a youthful line-up, Fabio Capello has revealed that Daniel Sturridge and Jack Rodwell will be making an appearance in the upcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden.
Both are uncapped but have been regular fixtures in the Under-21 squad, and will join the recalled Agbonlahor (replacing a struggling Andy Carroll) and John Terry, who has been picked despite currently being investigated by the FA for the alleged racist abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. However, Terry is set to start the game against Spain on the bench, with Capello putting Cahill, Lescott, Jagielka and Phil Jones at the back instead.
With fellow uncapped players Kyle Walker and David Stockdale joining the squad, Capello is looking to show off a young team built for longevity, although whether this strategy will work against current World Champions Spain is yet to be seen.
Wayne Rooney’s three-match ban means that he will not be selected, with Rio Ferdinand also not making the cut. Ferdinand is said to require more activity on the pitch for Manchester United in order to return to form, after recent games have shown that the defender isn’t at full fitness.
Capello’s revealed squad is: Hart (Manchester City), Carson (Bursaspor), Stockdale (Ipswich Town); G Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Terry, Cole (both Chelsea), Baines (Everton, Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Man City), Walker (Tottenham); Lampard (Chelsea), Rodwell (Everton), Downing (Liverpool), Barry (Man City), A Johnson (Man City), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Walcott (Arsenal); Bent (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Zamora (Fulham), Welbeck (Man Utd).
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