Fabio Capello has announced a 23-man squad ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Spain.
The squad includes David Beckham who will now get the chance to equal Bobby Moore’s 108 caps. Other noticeable inclusions come in the form of James Milner and Carlton Cole who both received their first call up. There are also rare chances for the likes of Robert Green, Phil Jagielka and Luke Young.
Speaking on the recall of Beckham Capello said: “Beckham is a very important player. The form of David is okay now; I’ve watched him in one game in Milan. Galbiati and Franco Baldini saw his other games.
“He is fit now. Every player in the squad has to play, not just train. This is important for David and for us. He is better than he was six months ago.”
Wayne Rooney has not been given the nod by Capello, whose choice it was to decide whether he was fit or not. With Defoe and Owen also out the Italian has gone for a strike force that includes Peter Crouch, Carlton Cole and Aston Villa pair Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey.
Aston Villa are also represented by Luke Young, Gareth Barry, James Milner and Ashley Young. Luke Young will be part of a defence welcoming back a couple of key players.
Rio Ferdinand returns to partner England captain John Terry, whilst Ashley Cole will play for the first time since the win over Kazakhstan last October.
The European Champions have called up five players from England, and all are from Liverpool. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called on Pepe Reina, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres to face England. Francesc Fabregas is still out injured. England will also have to cope with the stars from outside the Premiership including the likes of David Silva and David Villa.
Commenting on the game itself Capello said: “I’m very interested in this game because Spain play fantastic football, very quick. But we are strong and I think England will be strong in Spain.
“I am very confident in my team, I have big confidence.”
The game at the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, home of Sevilla FC, will kick-off at 21:00 GMT. The game will be live on ITV and there is also coverage from BBC Radio Five Live.
Goalkeepers: Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Man City), David James (Portsmouth).
Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Man City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Luke Young (Villa).
Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Gareth Barry (Villa), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Ashley Young (Villa).
Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Villa), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Emile Heskey (Villa).
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool).
Defenders: Raul Albiol (Valencia), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Juan Gutierrez (Real Betis), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Albert Riera (Liverpool), Sergi Busquets (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia).
Forwards: Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao ), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).
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