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Fabian Delph and Andros Townsend are two of the other somewhat surprising names for the clashes with Norway and Switzerland, with Wayne Rooney confirmed as captain.

Roy Hodgson has named Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, Tottenham left back Danny Rose and Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback in a youthful England squad for the upcoming fixtures against Norway and Switzerland.

The Three Lions will host Norway at Wembley next Wednesday in their first match since their World Cup exit in June, before kicking off their European Championship qualifying campaign against Switzerland in Basel a week on Monday.

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Hodgson, who is set to make Wayne Rooney captain following the international retirement of Steven Gerrard, has decided to give youth a chance after Frank Lampard also called time on his England career.

The veteran manager has also handed call-ups to Everton center back John Stones and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

Colback, 23, moved from Sunderland to Newcastle this summer and is the surprise inclusion in an experimental squad.

Arsenal defender Chambers made a 20 million euro switch from Southampton this summer and has started the season in the Gunners' first-team thanks to fitness problems suffered by established partnership Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Hodgson has also placed his faith in Everton's Stones, who he had considered taking to the World Cup earlier this year, while Delph is another player in the Colback mould and will be expected to bring energy and drive to the middle of midfield. 

Spurs winger Andros Townsend has also returned to the squad after injury ruled him out of contention for a World Cup place, and he will join club mate Rose, who has started the season as first-choice left back at White Hart Lane this season despite the arrival of Ben Davies from Swansea City.

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)

Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

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