Welbeck included by Capello

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck leapt above Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent in the England pecking order when he was named in Fabio Capello's squad for Wednesday's friendly with Holland.

The 20-year-old made his debut in the March friendly with Ghana and has long been tipped for a big future by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Nevertheless, it is a surprise Welbeck should be in a four-man strikeforce, but not Defoe or Bent, who both featured in weekend friendlies for Tottenham and Aston Villa respectively.

Indeed, as Welbeck's Red Devils team-mate Wayne Rooney is back after suspension and Andy Carroll has recovered from the thigh injury that kept him out of the most recent Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in June, Capello retains just one of his four front-men, with Fulham's Bobby Zamora also left out.

Capello was forced into a last-minute reshuffle due to the hamstring injury that forced Glen Johnson to hobble out of Liverpool's 2-0 win over Valencia on Saturday afternoon after only seven minutes.

Phil Jagielka has filled the right-back role on the last two occasions Johnson has been missing.

On this occasion though, Capello has taken the step of including both Kyle Walker - now back at Tottenham after a successful loan spell at Aston Villa - and Micah Richards.

A regular under Steve McClaren, the Manchester City full-back only won his first cap under Capello last November and a fortnight ago he said he might have to wait for the Italian to move on before he can resume his international career. Clearly, Capello has not been vexed by those comments.

England squad for the friendly match against Holland on Wednesday, August 10 at Wembley:

Green, Hart, Stockdale; Baines, Cahill, Cole, Ferdinand, Jagielka, Lescott, Richards, Terry, Walker; Barry, Carrick, Downing, A Johnson, Lampard, Milner, Parker, Wilshere, Young, Carroll, Crouch, Rooney, Welbeck.

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