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Rodwell in squad to face Ireland

MANCHESTER CITY midfielder Jack Rodwell has been called into the England squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

The 22-year-old has endured an injury-plagued debut season with City, but returned for the last month of the season and scored both goals in the Blues 3-2 defeat by Norwich on Sunday.

Rodwell has two caps, both in friendlies, although he has not played for his country since November 2011.

Although there has been no official withdrawal from Hodgson's squad yet, it is understood Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will not play any part in either fixture.

It brings to six the number of players in Hodgson's squad who flew out to the US yesterday for the two post-season games between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Those involved will head straight back to England on Sunday evening as the last game will be played in New York on Saturday night.

With Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard injured, Rodwell joins Frank Lampard, Cleverley, Michael Carrick and club-mate James Milner as the orthodox midfielders in Hodgson's squad.