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Rodwell and Sturridge set for call

November 3, 2011
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Daniel Sturridge and Jack Rodwell are in contention to face world champions Spain with England boss Fabio Capello set to name both players in his provisional squad for the upcoming internationals.

Jack Rodwell
GettyImagesJack Rodwell has been hailed as a potential star of the future for England

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They will be joined in the squad once again by Manchester United's Danny Welbeck, who made his first competitive appearance for England as a substitute in the 2-2 Euro 2012 qualifying draw in Montenegro last month.

All three are in Capello's provisional squad and Everton's Rodwell has a big chance of playing due to the plague of midfield injuries.

An ankle injury to Manchester United's Tom Cleverley, ongoing fitness problems for Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere also absent through injury, Capello is ready to turn to Rodwell now that he is finally first-choice at Everton.

Chelsea striker Sturridge was a leading contender but a failure to gain a regular starting place at Chelsea is holding him back. He has started three of Chelsea's six games since the last international break.

Welbeck seems certain to play after breaking into the United starting line-up as well as Capello's squad.

England take on Spain at Wembley on Saturday week before tackling Sweden three days later.

An ESPNsoccernet source said: "Sturridge is a proven striker but it is not sure that he will make the final squad because he is not playing regularly with his club, but his chance is sure to come sooner rather than later.

"Welbeck will be included and Rodwell has every chance of actually playing a part in the game because there are not many midfielders left. There is no Wilshere, Gerrard is again injured and so too is Cleverley."

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