England manager Roy Hodgson has called-up Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

The 22-year-old’s first season at the Etihad Stadium has been blighted by injury, although the former Everton star grabbed a brace in the 3-2 defeat to Norwich City yesterday.

And, he’s been rewarded for his efforts with international recognition, as Hodgson drafts in the youngster as cover for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who might not be able to participate.

Rodwell already has two international caps to his name, but hasn’t featured for the Three Lions since the 1-0 win over Sweden at Wembley in November 2011.

Given his lack of chances at Manchester City, it’s unsurprising his involvement has dipped. Indeed, Rodwell has only played 15 games for the club since joining in the summer, with hamstring problems affecting his progression with the club.

However, he gets his chance as part of a midfield lacking some big names, with both Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere out through injury.

Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and James Milner are the other central options available to Hodgson if Cleverley doesn’t feature, meaning Rodwell has every chance of being involved in one of the two home fixtures.

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