TOTTENHAM youngsters Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore are the surprise names
in the England squad to face Italy on Wednesday.
Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has chosen to rest established internationals
Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard.
But midfielders Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick are back in the reckoning
after missing Euro 2012.
Team GB stars Jack Butland, Tom Cleverley, Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand
make the step up to England’s senior squad.
Cleverley would have made his debut 12 months ago had the friendly with
Holland not been postponed due to the London riots.
And he reacted on Twitter by saying: “Buzzing to be in the england squad!”
There is also a place Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell as Hodgson looks to mix
youth and experience in his experimental line-up.
Hodgson has retained just three players who started the Euro 2012
quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev.
Manchester City duo Joe Hart and James Milner as well as United’s Ashley Young
make the cut.
Lampard looks the most likely skipper with Gerrard and Terry absent.
England squad to face Italy on Wednesday August 15:
Keepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City),
John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary
Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka
(Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley
(Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester
City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City),
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Ashley Young
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur),
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).