Hodgson names England squad for Ireland and Brazil

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Roy Hodgson has this afternoon named his 22-man England squad for the upcoming international friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, reports

The Three Lions boss has handed a first call-up to Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, following a series of impressive performances by the 23-year-old in the Premier League this season.

Aside from McCarthy, Hodgson has selected a familiar looking line-up for the double-header, with Chelsea trio Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole - who is in line for his 100th England cap - also named in the squad.

Newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United are well represented with no fewer than five players - Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck - receiving call-ups.

Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also return, along with Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe.

Manchester City's Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner are all included, alongside Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and West Ham loanee Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Merseyside rivals Everton are represented by Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, and West Brom's Ben Foster is also recalled alongside the uncapped McCarthy.

England take on Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29, before flying to Brazil to take on the Samba Stars in Rio on June 2.

England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy 

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker 

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott 

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck



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