Baines and King earn call-ups

22 March 2009 08:24
Fabio Capello has called up Leighton Baines and Ledley King to the England squad for the forthcoming games against Slovakia and Ukraine. Everton left-back Baines has been given the nod by the Italian coach as fellow full-back Wayne Bridge of Manchester City is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Spurs captain King has been handed a first call-up under Capello following his impressive form for the north London club of late. King remains troubled by chronic knee problems which regularly prevent him from playing successive matches, but Capello is keen to see him in action with England taking on Slovakia in a friendly on Saturday before facing Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley four days later. King's club-mate Aaron Lennon has also been included following a recent spell in the under-21 ranks. As expected, there is also a place in the squad for Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster. On Saturday, Capello suggested the 25-year-old keeper would be in his squad following his recent cameo appearances for the Red Devils. England squad for the matches against Slovakia and Ukraine: Foster (Man Utd), Green (West Ham), James (Portsmouth); Baines (Everton), A Cole (Chelsea) Ferdinand (Man Utd), Jagielka (Everton), Johnson (Portsmouth), King (Tottenham), Lescott (Everton), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham); Barry (Aston Villa), Beckham, Carrick (Man Utd), Downing (Middlesbrough), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Wright-Phillips (Man City); C Cole (West Ham), Crouch (Portsmouth), Heskey (Aston Villa), Rooney (Man Utd).

Source: ESA