Sunday, May 11, 2008

Joe Hart gets England callup

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been included in Fabio Capello's England squad for the friendlies with USA and Trinidad and Tobago.

The 21-year-old, who was on the bench on Sunday afternoon as City conceded eight goals at Middlesbrough, completes a remarkable elevation after only spending one season as a first-team regular following his move to Eastlands from Shrewsbury in 2006.

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has also been picked for the first time, while defenders Phil Jagielka and David Wheater are both selected in the 31-man squad.

Three confirmed absentees through injury are Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Matthew Upson, with Capello no doubt keen to look at most of the remainder as he builds towards the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign in September.

After choosing Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand as his first two captains, Capello is yet to name his skipper for the USA game, although John Terry is available, as is Wayne Rooney, who has been touted as a future captain by the Italian.

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