Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been named in the England squad to play San Marino and Montenegro in World Cup qualifiers, the
Ferdinand, a former England captain, has been absent from the national team set-up since 2011, with Hodgson preferring the likes of Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott and John Terry.
Terry has however retired from international football, while Jagielka is missing through injury. Lescott has been dropped from the squad and has lost his place in the Manchester City side in recent weeks.
Also returning to the fold is Ben Foster, the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper who had stepped away from England duty. Hodgson worked with Foster at the Baggies last season, while Michael Dawson is also named in the 26-man party after a spell on the sidelines, last wearing the Three Lions in 2011.
Dawson’s Tottenham Hotspur teammate Scott Parker is back as well, having missed the past England squads due to injury. It is Parker’s first international involvement since Euro 2012.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Fraser Forster
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand , Glen Johnson, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Leon Osman, Scott Parker , Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young
Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck
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