ROY HODGSON has wasted no time in bringing Jack Wilshere back into the England fold.
Seventeen months after winning the last of his five caps, against
Wembley, Wilshere has been included in Hodgson's 23-man squad for the friendly with
Stockholm next Wednesday.
Wilshere has made only three appearances for
Arsenal since returning from a catalogue of injuries.
However, with last weekend's dismissal at
Manchester United meaning the 20-year-old must sit out Arsenal's Barclays
Premier League encounter with
Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Hodgson has opted to select Wilshere despite
Arsene Wenger cautioning against such a move earlier this week.
England will be captained by
Steven Gerrard, who will become only the sixth player in England history to reach 100 caps if he plays.
The other member of the 99-cap club,
Ashley Cole, is among those who miss out through injury, with
Frank Lampard and
Manchester City trio
Joleon Lescott and
James Milner also sidelined.
Although Hodgson stated last month that Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson would be in his squad for the Sweden encounter, the full-back misses out, with both
Glen Johnson and
Kyle Walker selected.
Ryan Shawcross and
Ryan Bertrand are the uncapped defenders named, although all have been in past squads.
The same is also true of
Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling, although his presence ahead of the World Cup qualifier with
Ukraine in September was only as a very late call-up.
This time, the 17-year-old is included on merit from the outset after an outstanding season with Liverpool so far.
He will be joined at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on Sunday evening by Reds team-mate
Jonjo Shelvey, who made his senior debut in the 5-0 hammering of
San Marino last month.
The only completely new face is
Leon Osman, who at 31 is finally rewarded for his consistency in the Blues' surge up the Premier League table.
Ashley Young, who has missed all
England's qualification games so far this season after appearing in the August friendly win over
Italy in Berne, is back following his recovery from a knee injury.
Gareth Barry, his one-time team-mate at
Aston Villa, is overlooked.
Hodgson has opted to select just three orthodox strikers, with Danny Welbeck and
Daniel Sturridge chosen along with Wayne Rooney, who became England's fifth-highest goalscorer last month.