Terry returns to the England fold
Soccer:Chelsea captain John Terry, awaiting an FA hearing after being charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, is in England's squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month. The former England skipper returns for England after missing the 2-1 friendly win over Italy earlier this month.
Despite being out of favour at Liverpool, striker Andy Carroll was also included in a 24-man squad by England coach Roy Hodgson alongside fellow forwards Jermain Defoe, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck. England play Moldova in Chisinau on September 7th before returning home to meet Ukraine at Wembley four days later. Wayne Rooney will miss both matches with a thigh injury.
As expected, Jack Butland and John Ruddy were named as back-up keepers to first-choice Joe Hart. It means Rob Green has lost his place as understudy from Euro 2012, completing a bad 24 hours for the QPR new-boy following Julio Cesar’s arrival as part of the Loftus Road revolution.
Kyle Walker, who missed out on the European Championship due to a broken toe, has been named at right-back along with Liverpool’s Glen Johnson.
Goalkeepers:Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Defenders:Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders:Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Forwards:Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)