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Fabio Capello Rings Changes, Names England Squad For Hungary Friendly

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and AC Milan at Emirates Stadium on July 31, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Jon FeatonbyCorrespondent IJune 21, 2016

England manager Fabio Capello has called up uncapped Arsenal duo Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere to his first squad since crashing out of the World Cup in South Africa.

Bobby Zamora of Fulham also gets his first international call-up.

England will play Hungary in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday.

Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson have been recalled after missing out on the World Cup, and Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster has taken David James' place in the squad.

James, who made his debut for Championship side Bristol City today, may well have played his last game in an England shirt after picking up 53 caps.

Rob Green also misses out after a disastrous World Cup and he is replaced by Paul Robinson.

Following the retirement from international football by Jamie Carragher and the injury to Ledley King, Everton's Phil Jagielka and Bolton's Gary Cahill have been called in to offer defensive options.

Matthew Upson, who was drafted in to partner John Terry in central defensive for the defeat against Germany is dropped from the squad.

There is no place in the squad for new Liverpool signing Joe Cole or for Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, but Ashley Young will surely offer a bit more pace and urgency in midfield.

Upfront, Zamora is named along with Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent and Carlton Cole as two more Spurs players—Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe—miss out.

While many Premier League managers and fans will question the necessity for a friendly this soon after the World Cup and only days before the new season, it gives Capello and his players a chance to banish some of the bad memories from South Africa.

The squad in full is:


Joe Hart (Man City);  Ben Foster (Birmingham); Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers)


Wes Brown (Man Utd); Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers); Ashley Cole (Chelsea); Michael Dawson (Tottenham); Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal); Phil Jagielka (Everton); Glen Johnson (Liverpool); John Terry (Chelsea)


Steven Gerrard (Liverpool); Gareth Barry (Man City); Adam Johnson (Man City); Frank Lampard (Chelsea); James Milner (Aston Villa); Ashley Young (Aston Villa); Theo Walcott (Arsenal); Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)


Carlton Cole (West Ham); Wayne Rooney (Man Utd); Bobby Zamora (Fulham); Darren Bent (Sunderland)



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