Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has been called into the England squad for the forthcoming friendy against Republic of Ireland.

The 22-year-old has endured an injury-plagued debut campaign with City, but returned for the last month of the season and scored both goals in the Blues 3-2 defeat by Norwich yesterday.

Rodwell has two caps, both in friendlies, although he has not played for his country since November 2011.

Although there is no official withdrawal from Hodgson's squad as yet, it is understood Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is not expected to play any part in the fixture or against Brazil in another friendly. 

Cleverley was substituted during yesterday's 5-5 draw at West Brom, although as Alex Ferguson did not speak with the media afterwards, it was not apparant what the problem was.

It brings to six the number of players in Hodgson's squad who have flown out today for the two post-season games between Manchester City and Chelsea.