As expected Michale Owen didn’t make the England squad to play germany in Berlin on Wednesday night, because he is still not fully fir for his club side Newcastle United.
Michael Owen – still not match fit
However, striker Darren Bent is included and will be handed the chance to stake a 2010 World Cup claim against Germany.
The England manager is impressed with Bent’s scorching goalscoring form during Tottenham’s revival under Harry Redknapp – and it appears certain that Darren will win his fourth cap in Berlin on Wednesday.
However, David Beckham is not included in the squad, with the MLS season coming to an end for his team LA Galaxy in the US.
Capello had initially indicated that the LA Galaxy star would win his 108th cap against the Germans, but changed his mind after The LA Galaxy failed to make the play-offs in America.
“If you play, you have a chance to be in – but David Beckham has not played for three weeks or so.”
Darren Bent was obviously delighted to be back in the squad and said last night:
“England have been doing fantastically well and I’m delighted to be included.”
Aston Villa’s center-back Curtis Davies and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, who both had great games at Arsenal yesterday, when Villa won 2-0, are in the squad, along with Chelsea’s young up-and-coming center-back Michael Mancienne, who is now on loan at Wolves, who are top of the Championship.
Manchester United’s Geordie midfielder Michael Carrick gets another call-up and Manchester City defender Micah Richards is also back iun the fray, joined by Man City’s 20 year-old and very impressive goalkeeper, Joe Hart.
Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Carson (WBA).
Defenders: Joleon Lescott (Everton), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Curtis Davies (Villa), Michael Mancienne (Wolves, on loan from Chelsea), Micah Richards (Man City).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Villa), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Ashley Young (Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Villa), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Darren Bent (Tottenham).