Hodgson names England squad

  • Last Updated: August 30 2012, 16:14 BST

Manager Roy Hodgson has kept the faith with young and old for the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign next month.

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All 24 members of his squad for the matches against Moldova in Chisinau next Friday and Ukraine at Wembley four days later were either at Euro 2012 or in Hodgson's squad for the win over Italy in Berne on August 15.

It means that despite the thigh injury suffered by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney at the weekend, there is no recall for Aston Villa forward Darren Bent.

Instead Hodgson has called on Daniel Sturridge to supplement his European Championship hit-men Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe.

As Defoe is the only one of the quartet who could be regarded as first choice at their club, and Carroll might well have changed sides before Hodgson's squad meet at their Hertfordshire base on Monday afternoon, it does seem the England boss is taking a bit of a risk.

Hodgson would doubtless argue Welbeck and Carroll in particular served him well in Ukraine this summer and whilst there is more youth in England ranks as teenagers Jack Butland and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in, along with Ryan Bertrand, there is plenty of experience as well.

As anticipated, John Terry has been chosen, although the neck injury that kept him out of Chelsea's Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday will need to be assessed once he has reported for duty.

In midfield, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick are all named, along with Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley, who made his debut against Italy earlier this month.

With Butland and John Ruddy selected as back-up keepers to first-choice Joe Hart, it means Rob Green has lost his place as understudy from Euro 2012, completing a bad 24 hours for QPR new-boy following Julio Cesar's arrival as part of the Loftus Road revolution.

Kyle Walker, who missed out on the European Championship due to a broken toe, has been named at right-back along with Liverpool's Glen Johnson.

If there is a shock it comes in the absence of Ashley Young, one of the few players to feature both at Euro 2012 and against Italy.

There is no word, either from the FA or Manchester United, whether Young's absence is injury-related.

Adam Johnson is the beneficiary though, on the day he outlined precisely why he had abandoned Manchester City's search for honours in favour of life on Wearside with Sunderland.

"I know the England manager came out and said he wants his players to be playing. Hopefully I can play," said Johnson.

"I started in the last game against Italy so hopefully its looking brighter for me now with England."

Squad: Butland (Birmingham), Hart (Man City), Ruddy (Norwich); Baines (Everton), Bertrand (Chelsea), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), Lescott (Man City), Terry (Chelsea), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Man United), Cleverley (Man United), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Johnson (Sunderland), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Walcott (Arsenal); Carroll (Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Sturridge (Chelsea), Welbeck (Man United).