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Fraser Forster, Ryan Shawcross and Kieran Gibbs earn England call-ups for World Cup qualifiers

Updated: Thursday, 04 Oct 2012 13:43 | Comments

Celtic's Fraser Forster becomes a rare England selection from the Scottish Premier League
Celtic's Fraser Forster becomes a rare England selection from the Scottish Premier League

Roy Hodgson today named Ryan Shawcross, Kieran Gibbs and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster in his England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

With John Terry now retired from international football, there had been plenty of speculation about who the fourth central defender would be.

Stoke's Shawcross has been picked for only the second time, having failed to win a cap when he was chosen for the friendly against Egypt by Fabio Capello in March 2010.

Arsenal's Gibbs, who has two caps from friendly encounters against Hungary and France, has replaced Ryan Bertrand in the squad and has been rewarded for his excellent performances for Arsenal this season.

Like Spurs' Steven Caulker, Jack Butland has been released to the Under-21s for their European Championship play-off with Serbia, leading to Celtic's Forster becoming a rare England selection from the Scottish Premier League.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon was delighted for his number one

In addition, Tottenham's Aaron Lennon has been called up despite having not played for England since the 2010 World Cup.

England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland: Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich), Forster (Celtic); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), Lescott (Manchester City), Shawcross (Stoke), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Johnson (Sunderland), Lennon (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Walcott (Arsenal); Carroll (West Ham, on loan from Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Welbeck (Manchester United).

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