Michael Owen is selected in the provisional 30 man squad just announced by new England manager Fabio Capello, but as expected both David Beckham and Paul Robinson are left out of the squad.
Newcastle’s Alan Smith is also omitted.
Michael Owen – in England’s provisional 30 man squad
The squad named is for the game at Wembley, against 2008 European Championships co-hosts, Switzerland, to be played next Wednesday, 6th February.
Curtis Davies is the real surprise in Fabio Capello’s first England squad. The Aston Villa defender Davies, who is on loan from West Bromwich Albion, and was a target of Glen Roeder a year ago, is picked for the first time, after making just 8 Premier League appearances this season.
Villa’s excellent winger Gabriel Agbonlahor is also included, as expected, while Glen Johnson, Matthew Upson and Jonathan Woodgate are also back in the squad.
For his goalkeepers, Capello has selected David James, Scott Carson and Chris Kirkland and has dropped Paul Robinson from the squad altogether. Robinson is on the bench for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. John Terry and Frank Lampard are both missing because of injury.
Tottenham strikers Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent are also left out of the squad.
David James (Portsmouth), Scott Carson (Aston Villa), Chris Kirkland (Wigan Athletic), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Curtis Davies (Aston Villa), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicky Shorey (Reading), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Micah Richards (Manchester City) Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur) Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers), Emile Heskey (Wigan Athletic), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool)