Shawcross named in England squad

27 February 2010 10:40
Stoke's Ryan Shawcross has been named in the England squad hours after being sent off for a tackle which left Aaron Ramsey with a suspected broken leg.The defender, 22, left the field in tears after the injury to the Arsenal midfielder, but was then called up for Wednesday's friendly against Egypt. [LNB]England coach Fabio Capello also named Everton's Leighton Baines and Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock in his squad. [LNB]West Ham's Carlton Cole and Arsenal's Theo Walcott have also been picked. [LNB]Capello has called up Stewart Downing for the first time in 11 months but Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has been overlooked. [LNB]Cole returned from an eight-month injury absence in September but has struggled to hold down a regular place at Stamford Bridge. [LNB]However, Capello suggested the forward still has a chance of making the World Cup in South Africa in June. [LNB]"There are some problems for him because he is not back like the player I remember," Capello said. "We have to wait, maybe in the last two months he will improve a lot." [LNB]The call-up is the first for Shawcross who has been instrumental in Stoke's impressive recent run - Tony Pulis' side were unbeaten in 2010 before Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. [LNB]The defender was visibly distraught by the injury to Ramsey, who was stretchered off and taken to hospital in an ambulance, and Capello delayed the announcement of the squad by 40 minutes to have a final discussion with his assistant Franco Baldini about Shawcross' inclusion in light of events at the Britannia Stadium.[LNB] Give your thoughts on the England squad The Egypt match at Wembley is England's last before the provisional squad is named on 12 May for this summer's World Cup in South Africa. [LNB]Warnock has just one cap while Baines is yet to play for England but the pair will be looking to make an impression on Capello with first-choice left-back Ashley Cole injured and Wayne Bridge pulling out of the England squad. [LNB]Bridge announced he did not wish to be picked for international duty, stating that his position in the squad could be "untenable and potentially divisive" following allegations that his ex-girlfriend had an affair with Chelsea and England defender John Terry.[LNB]West Ham striker Carlton Cole has won six England capsArsenal winger Walcott has not played for Capello's England side this season due to knee, hamstring and shoulder injuries, though he has featured for the Under-21 side. [LNB]"He is not in a fantastic moment. But I think he is getting better and better every time because he needs to play," said Capello. [LNB]David James, who would win his 50th cap if selected, will contest the goalkeeper's shirt with West Ham's Robert Green and Birmingham City's Joe Hart. [LNB]The cut-off date set by Fifa for teams to name their final 23-man squads is 1 June. [LNB]England's opening match at the World Cup is against the United States on 12 June.[LNB]England squad for the friendly with Egypt at Wembley on Wednesday 3 March:[LNB]James (Portsmouth), Green (West Ham), Hart (Birmingham), Brown (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham), Lescott (Man City), Shawcross (Stoke), Baines (Everton), Warnock (Aston Villa), Milner (Aston Villa), Beckham (AC Milan), Walcott (Arsenal), Lampard (Chelsea), Barry (Man City), Gerrard (Liverpool), Carrick (Man Utd), Wright-Phillips (Man City), Downing (Aston Villa), Heskey (Aston Villa), Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Man Utd), Crouch (Tottenham), C Cole (West Ham).

Source: BBC_Sport