Carrick In, Crouch Out For England

Fabio Capello has named his England squad before Wednesday’s friendly against the Czech Republic. He named Michael Carrick for the first time, however, there is one notable absentee...

Peter Crouch moved from Liverpool to Portsmouth in an attempt to safeguard his place in the national squad. However, following Dean Ashton’s withdrawal due to a recurring injury, it is Wigan Athletic’s Emile Heskey who takes his place in the panel.

Ex-Liverpool striker Heskey featured in the same game as Ashton this afternoon, when the West Ham striker netted two goals. However, the man who Fabio Capello suggested needed to lose weight to make an impact on the international scene with withdrawn by Alan Curbishely due to a calf strain.

Crouch had been expected to be named in the panel but misses out this time round. Also omitted were the Aston Villa pair of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young. Despite his phenomenal pre-season run of goals, Tottenham Hotspur’s Darren Bent failed to make the squad.

David Beckham makes the cut, as does Michael Carrick. The Manchester United midfielder takes his place in a Fabio Capello chosen squad for the very first time. His Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney is included, despite a period of inactivity due to fitness concerns. Theo Walcott makes the step up from the Under-21 squad.

The England squad in full:
GK David James (Portsmouth), Paul Robinson (Blackburn), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

DF Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham), Matthew Upson (West Ham)

MF Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), David Bentley (Tottenham),

FW Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Emile Heskey (Wigan)

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