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Carroll returns to England squad

Roy Hodgson has included the Liverpool loanee in his 22-man squad for fixtures against Brazil and Ireland, while Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is the only debutant selected

On-loan West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been recalled to the England squad for the post-season friendlies with Brazil and Republic of Ireland.

The 24-year-old returns to the squad following an impressive end to the season with the Hammers, having bagged five goals in his last 10 league games after overcoming a series of injuries.

He is joined by Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who remains a key component of Roy Hodgson's squad even if his Old Trafford future is less certain, while in-form Daniel Sturridge is also selected.

In goal, Reading's Alex McCarthy is brought into the side for the first time in his career after impressing for the Royals, though is unlikely to feature ahead of Joe Hart and Ben Foster.

Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard will undergo shoulder surgery so he will miss the end-of-season friendlies, while Manchester United's Player of the Season Michael Carrick is included in the squad.

Fresh from signing a new Chelsea deal and breaking Bobby Tambling's goalscoring record, Frank Lampard is also picked, and he will be accompanied by Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott.

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck

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