Capello names England squad

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Foster: England call-up

Fabio Capello has sprung a few surprises yet again with his latest England squad for the forthcoming games against Slovakia and Ukraine.

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster, Everton defender Leighton Baines and Tottenham duo Ledley King and Aaron Lennon have all received call-ups to the squad.

Foster has one England cap to his name, against Spain at Old Trafford in May 2006 while on loan at Watford, and has been rewarded for his Man of the Match display in the Carling Cup final penalty shoot-out win over Spurs.

Meanwhile Baines benefits from an injury to Wayne Bridge after receiving his first call-up to the senior squad, although he does have 16 England Under-21 caps to his name.

Lennon’s dazzling form for Spurs down the right wing of late could see him start one of the two matches with Arsenal winger Theo Walcott left out due to injury.

Many believe that Tottenham skipper King would have amassed a lot more than his 19 caps to date had it not been for his horrific knee problems but he will be buoyed by the fact that his good form has not gone unnoticed.

Elsewhere Phil Jagielka and Carlton Cole keep their places from the Spain squad while David Beckham retains his place following some good displays for AC Milan.

England face Slovakia in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday 28th March before they host Ukraine on Wednesday 1st April in a World Cup qualifier.

Squad in full

Goalkeepers:

David James, Ben Foster, Robert Green.

Defenders:

Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, David Beckham, Stewart Downing, Michael Carrick, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Strikers: Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Peter Crouch, Carlton Cole.

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~ by awbroady on March 23, 2009.

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