Lallana, Rodriguez and Henderson Earn England Call-Ups for Friendlies

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Adam Lallana of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Roy Hodgson has named uncapped Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez in his England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany later this month.

They are joined in the squad by fellow Saints striker Rickie Lambert, who retains his place in the squad after a strong start to his career at international level. It is another feather in the cap of Southampton, who have started the season magnificently with a large bulk of their squad made up of English talent.

The other big story is a recall for Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has played a starring role in Liverpool's excellent start to the season.

He most recently captained the Under-21 side in their ultimately dismal European Championship campaign last summer but has now regained his place in the senior side as Hodgson explores his options ahead of the World Cup.

Aside from the trio of Lallana, Rodriguez and Henderson, there are no major shocks or surprises in Hodgson's squad. Perhaps Saido Berahino can count himself unlucky after a brilliant start to the Premier League campaign with West Bromwich Albion.

He and the likes of Ravel Morrison will likely take part in the Under-21's programme during the international break.

Glen Johnson returns to the squad after missing the final round of World Cup qualifiers due to injury and will provide competition for Kyle Walker at right-back ahead of the tournament next year.

Hodgson has also stuck with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, as the England squad continues to be blessed by youthful talent.

With all the spotlight on Joe Hart and his performances, the other two goalkeepers in the squad are Celtic's Fraser Forster and Norwich's John Ruddy. Both will likely get game time during the two friendlies as the England manager explores all avenues looking to the World Cup.


England squad to face Chile and Germany:

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

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)