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Carroll and McCarthy in squad to face Ireland

Updated: Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:03 | Comments

Andy Carroll is back in the England fold
Andy Carroll is back in the England fold

England boss Roy Hodgson has included Andy Carroll and Alex McCarthy in his squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

McCarthy has impressed in goal for Reading at the back end of the season and the 23-year-old has been rewarded with his first senior call-up.

Striker Carroll, on loan at West Ham from Liverpool, has also been recalled by Hodgson for the games against Ireland at Wembley on 29 May and the trip to Brazil on 2 June.

Hodgson is yet to make a call on who will captain the side in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard.

The manager said Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney were the "captains elect" although he will also speak to Ashley Cole, who is due to receive his 100th cap before the game against the Republic of Ireland.

"Lampard and Rooney are the captains elect, but I'll speak to Ashley Cole; he's receiving his 100th cap," he told a press conference.

"Most players who receive their 100th cap do receive the honour of captaining the country.

"But the last time I spoke to Ashley about it he was happy to stay in the shadows. Out of courtesy I'll speak to him as I will with Frank and Wayne when we get together."

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