Euro 2012 qual. - Davies gets first England call-up

Mon, 04 Oct 14:30:00 2010

Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies has been handed his first England call-up for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.

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The uncapped 33-year-old, who admitted in an interview recently that he had given up all hope of ever representing his country, will join Fabio Capello's squad for the Group G clash at Wembley on October 12.

The Trotters skipper said before the 2-2 draw with Manchester United last month: "I was in the expanded squad a couple of times but even when a few players pulled out and I thought I had a chance, someone else got called up."

Should he play next Tuesday, the former Blackburn Rovers target man would be a long way off breaking the record for the oldest England debutant; that mark was set in 1873 by Alexander Morten, who was 41 years 114 days old when he lined up in a 4-2 win against Scotland.

However Davies, who has scored two goals for Bolton this season, could be lining up alongside Wayne Rooney in England's attack after the Manchester United striker was selected despite missing his side's last two matches through injury.

England captain Rio Ferdinand is back in the squad for the first time since he was forced to leave England's World Cup training base in South Africa before the tournament began.

Former England skipper John Terry also returns after missing the wins over Bulgaria and Switzerland through injury, but his Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard is still sidelined.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, Tottenham duo Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone and West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green are all recalled to the squad.

Forwards Theo Walcott, Bobby Zamora and Gabriel Agbonlahor are all ruled out through injury, while James Milner is suspended for the match against the joint-group leaders.

England squad Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on October 12

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa).

Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).


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