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Hodgson reveals England squad

England face two vital tests (©GettyImages)
England face two vital tests (©GettyImages).

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed his 23-man squad for England's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro at Wembley. England must win both games to guarantee qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been included despite suffering an injury that kept him out of United's trip to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. Winger Ashley Young is dropped.

After a few shaky performances for Manchester City, Hodgson has affirmed his belief in Joe Hart as his permanent England number one goalkeeper. There have also been call-ups for Fraser Forster and John Ruddy.

In defence, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones return to the squad, with Kyle Walker the only natural right-back. Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole are the two contenders for the left-back position - Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs misses out despite some good performances for the Gunners.

Everton youngster Ross Barkley is rewarded for his recent good performances with a spot in midfield - Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Andros Townsend are also youthful additions. There are few surprises that veterans Michael Carrick, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and James Milner also make the squad.

Rickie Lambert retains his place despite the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge, while Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe comes back into the side. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck complete England's forward options.

Here's Roy Hodgson's England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy.

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

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere.

Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.

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