Matthew Upson has been handed an opportunity to put his World Cup pain behind him by Fabio Capello after being named in a 24-man squad for the opening European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month.

Upson slumped to number five on Capello's list of central defenders in South Africa after Capello controversially drafted in Jamie Carragher and Ledley King.

He eventually played twice in the dismal campaign but was then axed for last month's victory over Hungary.

However, with John Terry pulling out through injury, Carragher once again retired from England duty and Capello no longer willing to take a chance on King's questionable fitness, Upson once again finds his services are required.

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