Euro 2012 - Rodwell and Sturridge get England calls

Sun, 06 Nov 20:40:00 2011

England U21 duo Jack Rodwell and Daniel Sturridge have been called up for the senior side's friendly matches against Sweden and Spain.

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Chelsea striker Sturridge, 22, has scored four goals in six league games so far for the Blues this campaign after returning from a successful loan spell at Bolton last season.

Everton midfielder Rodwell, 20, has been a regular fixture for the U21s but is yet to feature for the senior team.

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, meanwhile, was recalled after a two-year absence.

The 25-year-old has not been involved since 2009 but was rewarded for a good start to the season, in which he has scored five Premier League goals.

Captain John Terry is included despite an ongoing investigation over alleged racist comments made to Anton Ferdinand, whose older brother Rio Ferdinand does not make the squad.

The Chelsea defender is not expected to play against world and European champions Spain on Saturday November 12, with boss Fabio Capello hinting he would test other options.

He may, however, feature in the game against Sweden three days later. Both matches are at Wembley.

Wayne Rooney was left out altogether after he was handed a three-match ban for the group stages of the Euro 2012 finals, punishment for kicking out at an opponent during the 2-2 qualifying draw in Montenegro.

There are no places for Manchester City defender Micah Richards or Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, while Stoke City's Peter Crouch continues to be overlooked by Capello.

Capped 11 times by Steve McClaren, who made him England's youngest-ever defender when he handed him a debut against Holland as a 17-year-old in 2006, Richards has been almost totally ignored by Capello - the Italian again leaving him out of his squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

Richards made an appearance in last season's friendly defeat to France but appears to have slipped behind Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the pecking order with both Manchester United centre-halves offered the chance to impress at right-back in Johnson's recent absence.

"To be fair when I first got called up I was playing centre-half for City," he recalled. "I then played right-back for England, so I can't really complain - it happens.

"Jones and Smalling have been doing well for Manchester United. If the manager wants to give them a chance it is up to him, there is no point in me moaning about it.

"I know what I've got to do - keep working hard - and that's what I'll do."

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Scott Carson (Bursaspor), David Stockdale (Ipswich)

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton), John Terry, Ashley Cole (both Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Leighton Baines (Everton)

Midfielders: Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, James Milner (all Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Scott Parker (Tottenham)

Forwards: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Gabriel Agbonhlaor, Darren Bent (both Aston Villa), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)

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Reda Maher (on Twitter @Reda_Maher) / Eurosport

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