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Gibbs, Lennon & Shawcross called up to England squad as Ferdinand is overlooked again

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster gets his first international call-up while, up front, Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll return for the Three Lions after injury lay-offs

Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the forthcoming friendlies against San Marino and Poland.

There are call-ups for Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Shawcross but no place for Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand despite the international retirement of John Terry.

Terry's Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill retains his place in the squad alongside fellow centre-backs Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott, while Arsenal's Gibbs joins Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines and Kyle Walker as the defensive options.

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Lennon, meanwhile, joins the likes of Adam Johnson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in midfield, with Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll returning to the attack after injury.

The Three Lions face San Marino at Wembley on October 12 before heading to Poland for the clash on October 16.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Ryan Shawcross, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Adam Johnson, Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott.

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Welbeck.


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