Thursday 08 November 2012
Everton midfielder Leon Osman has received his first call up to the England squad after being named in the 23-man party for next Wednesday's friendly against Sweden.
The 31-year-old has been an ever present for Everton in the Barclays Premier League so far this season, scoring two goals, to help the Toffees move up to fourth place in the League table.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is also included in the squad and is poised to make his first appearance for England since June last year.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker makes the squad as does Manchester United winger Ashley Young, who has recovered from a knee injury.
Liverpool pair Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey will also make the trip to Stockholm while Steven Gerrard will become the sixth England player to win his 100th international cap if he takes to the field.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)
Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is set for a spell on the sidelines after damaging his shoulder in Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers.
The 22-year-old collided with the post at Loftus Road and manager Brian McDermott said: "Alex has seen a consultant, he has a shoulder joint problem and will be out for a little while."
Reading host Norwich City on Saturday and will be without the services of midfielders Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old striker Simon Church has signed for npower Championship side Huddersfield Town on a one-month loan.
Tottenham Hotspur have been boosted by the news that midfielder Mousa Dembele will not require surgery on his hip injury and could be back in action in the north London derby against Arsenal on 17 November.
The 25-year-old has not played for Spurs since 7 October after aggravating an old hip injury while on international duty with Belgium.
Dembele has been told that surgery will not definitely solve the problem and he will be placed on a course of physiotherapy, meaning he will miss the matches against Maribor on Thursday and Manchester City on Sunday.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said: "We could either give him surgery immediately, but there is no certainty it will cure the problem, or he could rest, have manual therapy, train in the swimming pool.
"That allows the player the possibility of return within 10-15 days, so we are taking that option at the moment, without having the surgery."