Soccer

Wilshere back for England

2012-11-08 20:35
Jack Wilshere (AFP)
London - Jack Wilshere is back in the England squad for the friendly next week against Sweden after being out of contention since last year because of various injuries.

The Arsenal midfielder was called up Thursday despite club manager Arsene Wenger urging caution about how the midfielder is used because he has only just returned to action.

Although Wilshere's last England appearance was against Switzerland in June 2011, he is seen as vital to England's hopes of qualifying and progressing well at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Captain Steven Gerrard is meanwhile due to make his 100th England appearance in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Everton midfielder Leon Osman will be hoping to win his first cap at the age of 31 after being called up by coach Roy Hodgson for the first time.

"He's always done extremely well whenever I've played Everton or watched Everton," said Hodgson, who managed Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion before getting the England job. "Of course, he's faced great competition in the position that he plays, but on this occasion we've got the opportunity and the space to bring Leon into the team."

Forwards Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll weren't included as Hodgson is using the friendly to look at other options, with Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck joining Wayne Rooney as the striking options.

Hodgson also plans to call up Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson if FIFA clearance is received, given that he previously played in Finland's youth ranks.

"We do believe that they are going to grant that clearance within a day or two," Hodgson said. "So by next Wednesday, he will be clear to play. He wants to play for England and has made that clear."

There is plenty of competition in the full back slots, though, with Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Leighton Baines and Ryan Bertrand also in the squad.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who impressed in Celtic's 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday, will hope to make his debut if first-choice Joe Hart only plays one half in Sweden. John Ruddy from Norwich is also in the squad.

Squad:


Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders:
Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders:
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Forwards:
Andy Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Read more on:    jack wilshere  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

3 must-do trail runs

If you love trail running, you have to put these on your bucket list.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Where should Rivaldo Coetzee play his soccer next season?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.