Young Gunners get England call-ups

07 August 2010 08:11
Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs will represent the dawn of a new England era after being named in the 23-man squad to face Hungary next week.[LNB] Only 10 of the World Cup squad have made it into this friendly line-up, with goalkeepers Robert Green and David James not included and new Liverpool signing Joe Cole also left out.[LNB]Bobby Zamora heads a revamped forward line, which also includes Carlton Cole and Darren Bent in addition to Wayne Rooney for Wednesday's Wembley date.[LNB]There are returning faces too, in Manchester City's Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott of Arsenal, who were both axed from Fabio Capello's provisional squad prior to the World Cup.[LNB]Manchester United's Wes Brown and Phil Jagielka of Everton come in to bolster the defensive ranks.[LNB]Born on New Year's Day 1992, Wilshere will become the 10th youngest England international of all-time if he plays some part against the once-mighty Magyars.[LNB]Wilshere has already set a few notable landmarks in his fledgling career, including becoming Arsenal's youngest league debutant two seasons ago and being the fifth 16-year-old to feature in the Champions League.[LNB]With five under-21 caps to his name, he has already made a favourable impression on Stuart Pearce and his half-season on loan at Bolton last term did not go unnoticed by Capello.[LNB]Knowing he must now look to the future, the Italian views Wilshere as the ideal age to develop at a more rapid rate, which is why he was included and Jack Rodwell is not.[LNB]Ashley Cole was one of the few to emerge from the South Africa debacle with their reputation intact, so Gibbs' contribution at left-back will probably be as back-up.[LNB]However, the Lambeth-born 20-year-old was already on Capello's radar last year and in all probability would have made the World Cup squad ahead of Stephen Warnock had he not suffered a season-ending injury in November.[LNB]At 29, Zamora is not a youngster. However, Capello was keen to include the Fulham star in his provisional squad, only for injury to rule out that option.[LNB]With Emile Heskey now retired and neither Peter Crouch nor Jermain Defoe considered, Zamora was an obvious choice.[LNB]West Ham striker Cole has been around the squad before, as has Bent, although Gabriel Agbonlahor will probably consider himself unlucky.[LNB]There was better news for another Aston Villa player though as Ashley Young has been recalled, with neither Shaun Wright-Phillips nor Aaron Lennon being retained.[LNB]Most of Capello's senior men are included, with John Terry keeping his place, even if his partner next week remains something of a mystery.[LNB]At various stages of the World Cup, Ledley King, Jamie Carragher and Matthew Upson had the job.[LNB]All three have now been ditched, which would hint at a straight fight between Jagielka, who won the last of his three caps against Ukraine at Wembley last year before a serious knee injury put a halt to his blossoming career, and Michael Dawson, who was called into the World Cup squad as a replacement for injured skipper Rio Ferdinand but did not play a game.[LNB]Squad: Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers); Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), John Terry (Chelsea); Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal); Darren Bent (Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham).

Source: Team_Talk