Zaha and Jenkinson added to England squad after five drop out

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson are two of the names added to Roy Hodgson’s England squad to play Sweden on Wednesday after the withdrawal of a number of senior players, including Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott, the BBC has reported.

Tom Huddlestone has also been added to the travelling party after Hodgson’s initial selection was depleted following the weekend’s Premier League action. Rooney and Walcott both picked up injuries and were substituted in their respective matches, joining Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Tottenham Hotspur pair Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker on the absentee list.

Hodgson was already without the experienced Ashley Cole, who is out injured but one appearance away from the 100 cap-mark, the same point as England captain Steven Gerrard, who is expected to feature for the national team in midweek.

An FA statement also revealed that Hodgson hoped to add Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to the group to go to Scandinavia but neither player is fit – the former has only recently recovered from injury while the latter was hurt in Spurs’ defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

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