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England Squad Announced; Daniel Sturridge Earns First Callup

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FREDERICIA, DENMARK - JUNE 09:  Daniel Sturridge during the England U21's training session at Montjasa Park Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Fredericia, Denmark.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
FREDERICIA, DENMARK - JUNE 09: Daniel Sturridge during the England U21's training session at Montjasa Park Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Fredericia, Denmark. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Chelsea have four players in the England squad to face Spain and Sweden in international friendlies this week, and the big story is Daniel Sturridge's first senior callup. Obviously, the striker's been in good goalscoring form (if somewhat erratic at everything else) for the past nine months, and it had been a bit of a mystery as to how he's not gotten the call previously. But nevermind about the past snubs - he's in now and will hopefully impress.

The rest of the Chelsea boys are the usual crowd - John Terry retains his place despite the ongoing racism investigation by both the FA and the Metropolitan police, while Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard both retain their spots in the squad, although they're hardly guaranteed to start.

Anyway, here's the full list:

  • Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Scott Carson, David Stockdale.
  • Defenders: Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines.
  • Midfielders: Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, Jack Rodwell, James Milner, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott.
  • Forwards: Darren Bent, Bobby Zamora, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.