England manager Roy Hodgson has named a mixture of youth and experience ahead of next week’s friendly against Italy in Switzerland, with notable absentees such as Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Wayne Rooney, the Football
The game comes just three days before the start of the season and this is perhaps reflected in the squad, with senior players being left out for the friendly in Berne on Wednesday night. However there is a place for Michael Carrick, who ends his two year absence from the England squad.
The 31-year-old has performed a U-turn on his request to not be picked as a bit-part player for the England squad under Fabio Capello and it seems the appointment of Hodgson has persuaded the player to come out of retirement to face Euro 2012 runners-up Italy.
There are first senior call-ups for Tottenham pair Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore, but the 23-man squad includes just three recognised strikers in Jermain Defoe, Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll. All three appeared for England in Ukraine this summer. Theo Walcott is also included.
John Ruddy is included in the squad after suffering an injury set-back that kept him out of Euro 2012, as are Gary Cahill and Kyle Walker, who were also ruled out England’s participation in Poland Ukraine in June because of injury.
There is also a place for young Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand. Bertrand takes the place of his club mate Cole, who is rested for the game.
The full squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker(Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard(Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner(Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)