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Capello calls on Sturridge and Rodwell

November 6, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Fabio Capello has handed Daniel Sturridge and Jack Rodwell their first England call-ups for the upcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

Daniel Sturridge
PA PhotosDaniel Sturridge got his first England call-up after impressing for Chelsea this season

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Sturridge has enjoyed a successful 2011, spending time on loan at Bolton last season before forcing his way into the first-team reckoning at Chelsea, and Capello has been impressed by his development.

"He's an interesting player and a player who scores goals," Capello said. "I saw him play right wing, left wing and centre forward. He has improved a lot."

Having booked England's place at Euro 2012, Capello is keen to explore alternative options for the finals, and Gabriel Agbonlahor and Bobby Zamora are among the other players looking to make an impression.

Capello, as he had indicated on Saturday, has included John Terry despite the current allegations against him, while Wayne Rooney - facing a three-match ban at the finals - and Rio Ferdinand are left out.

Ashley Young is another absentee through injury while Joleon Lescott returns and Glen Johnson comes in at the expense of Micah Richards. Writing on his Twitter account, Richards said: "Well well well!!!! Disappointed is an understatement!!"

England take on Spain on November 12 and Sweden on November 15. Both matches take place at Wembley.

England squad to face Spain and Sweden: Hart (Man City), Carson (Bursaspor), Stockdale (Ipswich); G Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Bolton), Terry (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Baines (Everton), Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Man City), Walker (Tottenham); Lampard (Chelsea), Rodwell (Everton), Downing (Liverpool), Barry (Man City), A Johnson (Man City), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Walcott (Arsenal); Bent (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Zamora (Fulham), Welbeck (Man Utd).