Roy Hodgson has called Wayne Rooney up to the England squad to face Scotland on the 14 August.

There were rumours that the striker would not be summoned due to his lack of match fitness, but Hodgson has opted for Rooney in a strikeforce which also includes Southampton's Rickie Lambert.

Rooney has missed most of pre-season with hamstring and shoulder injuries, but Hodgson is keen to assess his fitness.

"He is not fully match fit, that's pretty obvious, but the important thing for me was to have him with us in the squad and to assess how many minutes he can play in the game," said the England chief, who also conceded that Rooney's lack of playing time recently was "not ideal".

Rooney has been linked with a move to Chelsea throughout the summer, since informing the Manchester United hierarchy of his desire to leave the club, although manager David Moyes has repeatedly insisted that the 27-year-old is not for sale.

Fellow Manchester United player Wilfried Zaha has also been called up into the England squad. His promotion from the Under-21s to the senior squad comes after an impressive pre-season for the 20-year-old.

Another talking point is the selection of Rickie Lambert, the 31-year-old striker coming off the back of a good season with Southampton, scoring 15 goals to end up as the joint top scoring English player, alongside Frank Lampard.

"I think if a man has really worked as hard over the years to prove his worth as Rickie Lambert, I think he really deserves this call-up" said Hodgson of the Saints striker, though he suggested Lambert was only picked due to the unavailability of Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll. 

But the call-up is just reward for the striker who has scored 103 goals in 196 appearances for Southampton.

Scotland will be captained by Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, in a side missing Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher through injury.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy

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

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha,

Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

 

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