Wilshere named in England squad but Defoe & Carroll left out

11:16 08 November 2012

Jack Wilshere in action for England. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Jack Wilshere in action for England. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport


Jack Wilshere has returned to the England squad for next week’s friendly with Sweden in Stockholm.

The Arsenal midfielder has not featured for his country since making his fifth appearance against Switzerland in June 2011.

He has only just returned after 16 months out through injury and Arsene Wenger had cautioned against him being propelled straight back into the international arena.

However, Roy Hodgson has opted to select Wilshere anyway.

It is the stand-out pick in a squad that includes Everton’s Leon Osman for the first time, and will be skippered by Steven Gerrard, who will win his 100th cap.

Also included are Liverpool duo Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling.

Jermain Defoe, Andy Carroll and Michael Carrick have not been included but they remain part of Hodgson’s plans with the former West Brom boss simply choosing to look at other options.

Ashley Young returns from injury at the expense of Sunderland’s out-of-form winger Adam Johnson while Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson has missed out despite committing his future to England and training with the squad prior to the World Cup qualifier against Poland.

The squad will meet up on Sunday and train in Manchester ahead of travelling to Stockholm for the game, which is the official opening of the new Friends Arena in the Swedish capital.

The Squad:


Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).


Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).


Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).


Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest football news

Monday, November 30, 2015
Yannick Bolasie (2nd L) of Crystal Palace scores his team's fourth goal (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It was an unbeaten weekend for our London sides but Crystal Palace made the headlines with their stunning 5-1 win over Newcastle. But how many of their stars made it into our XI?

Monday, November 30, 2015
West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna on the ball against West Bromwich Albion (pic: PA/Steve Paston).

Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna delighted to be back in the team

Monday, November 30, 2015
Dean Smith, manager of Walsall (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Dean Smith has left Walsall to become the new head coach of Brentford.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Leyton Orient defender Cole Kpekawa, on-loan from QPR, in action against AFC Wimbledon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Queens Park Rangers youngster discusses settling in at Brisbane Road, keeping his place and his footballing heroes

Monday, November 30, 2015
Ramires of Chelsea is challenged by Vitaliy Buyalskiy of Dynamo Kiev (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ramires has uploaded photos of his one-on-one Chelsea training session with six days to go until their clash with Bournemouth.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

Read more
MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

Latest Tech News