Following John Terry's retirement from international football, many wondered whether boss Roy Hodgson would ask for the defensive services of veteran Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand in his place, but it has today been revealed that would not be the case.
Ferdinand was controversially left out of the England squad prior to Euro 2012 in what many speculated was a result of the controversy surrounding Terry's alleged racist remarks against Rio's brother, QPR's Anton Ferdinand. However, Roy Hodgson stated that his snubbing of Rio from the squad was solely due to "footballing reasons".
But after Terry's departure from the England squad, Hodgson has yet again omitted Ferdinand from his line-up, instead opting to take 24-year-old Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross to the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.. Shawcross has yet to earn a cap for the senior squad, but was has played for the Under-21s.
Other new additions to the line-up include in-form Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, Tottenham's Aaron Lennon and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The full line-up is as follows:
Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich), Forster (Celtic); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), Lescott (Manchester City), Shawcross (Stoke), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Johnson (Sunderland), Lennon (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Walcott (Arsenal); Carroll (West Ham, on loan from Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Welbeck (Manchester United)
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