Rodwell ready for senior squad

09 November 2011 08:58

Jack Rodwell is not expecting to be taken by surprise when he links up with the full England squad for the first time.

Fabio Capello gathers his 25-man squad for Saturday's friendly with world champions Spain together at their usual Watford training base with Rodwell joining fellow rookie Daniel Sturridge in making the journey.

There will be a couple of familiar faces for Rodwell in Everton team-mates Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, whom the youngster hopes will be on hand to smooth out any unforeseen difficulties and the 20-year-old told evertontv: "I have played for England at every level apart from Under-20s, so I know what to expect."

He added: "I don't think it will be a shock, although the seniors will be a bit different. But I know people there and they will help me through."

How long Jagielka will be around for is open to debate. The defender has been nursing a foot injury for the last couple of weeks and it is anticipated, by Everton at least, that he will quickly return to Merseyside for further treatment.

Fabio Capello could pair Joleon Lescott with Gary Cahill, but that would still leave him without cover on the bench, so it will be interesting to discover whether the Italian intends to draft in a replacement should Jagielka return home.

If not, John Terry, whom Capello has previously indicated he would prefer to leave out, would be on the bench at least, providing another twist to a saga that began with the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road just over a fortnight ago.

Terry refutes those claims entirely and Capello has decided to stick with the 30-year-old until investigations into the incident are complete. All this should wash straight over Rodwell's head given his elation at being the latest player to step up from Under-21 duty, following on from the likes of Jones, Jack Wilshere and Chris Smalling.

"It is a brilliant feeling," he said. "I was just at home and a woman from the FA called me to confirm I was in the squad. At first I thought it was a prank but then I realised it wasn't.

"It was my childhood dream, so now I am over the moon. I'd heard rumours that I could be in the squad but I was hopeful more than anything."

Source: PA