Michael Carrick has been handed a call up for England’s friendly against Italy – just weeks after he ruled himself out of contention for a place in the Three Lions Euro 2012 squad.
Roy Hodgson looked set to name Carrick as a replacement to the main 23-man squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, only for the Manchester United midfielder to reveal he didn’t want to be included as back-up.
However after the tournament Hodgson insisted the deal was still open for Carrick to return, a promise he has come good on with his squad announcement today.
In an experimental squad without a host of regular faces such as John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard, Tottenham pair Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore were somewhat suprisingly given the nod, while Chelsea duo Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge are included despite only recently returning to their club following their exertions with Team GB’s Olympic football squad. Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley is also in the squad, as is Chelsea's Frank Lampard.
After being left out for Euro 2012, there is once more no room for Rio Ferdinand. Despite not being a regular last season for Manchester City last season Adam Johnson is included, while John Ruddy, Jack Rodwell and Gary Cahill have recovered from the injuries that ruled them out of tournament football this summer to take their place in Hodgson’s 22-man squad.
Up front Theo Walcott is included as one of England’s our striking options, with Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll completing the line up alongside Sturridge.
Full squad to face Italy, August 15:
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).