Despite a troubled first season with injury at Manchester City, Jack Rodwell has earned a call-up to the England squad for next week’s friendlies with the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Rodwell has figured twice for the Three Lions before in his Everton days, but not since November 2011 when Fabio Capello was in charge.
The 22-year-old was the star player for former Premier League champions Manchester City at the weekend, scoring twice in their shock 3-2 home defeat to Norwich City. There have been no official withdrawals at the moment, but Tom Cleverley is unlikely to feature in either game.
The midfielder was withdrawn during Manchester United’s 5-5 draw at West Brom, but the problem is unclear as Sir Alex Ferguson elected not to speak to any media organisations afterwards.
Full England squad:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Brom), Alex McCarthy (Reading)
Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Leighton Baines (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Andy Carroll (West Ham United)
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