Will he ever play for his country again?
England coach Fabio Capello has recalled Spurs pair Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon for the Slovenia friendly and World Cup qualifier versus Croatia.
The duo were omitted from the squad that recently drew with Holland, but return after some fine club displays.
Manchester United defender Wes Brown was also recalled, while Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard returns after injury.
England squad for 5 September friendly against Slovenia and the 9 September World Cup qualifier against Croatia:
Goalkeepers: Foster (Manchester United), Green (West Ham), Robinson (Blackburn)
Defenders: Johnson (Liverpool), Brown (Manchester United), Upson (West Ham), Terry (Chelsea, capt), Lescott (Manchester City), A Cole (Chelsea), Bridge (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Lennon (Tottenham), Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Barry (Manchester City), Lampard (Chelsea), Carrick (Manchester United), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Young (Aston Villa), Milner (Aston Villa)
Strikers: Rooney (Manchester United), Heskey (Aston Villa), Defoe (Tottenham), C Cole (West Ham), Crouch (Tottenham). (BBC Sport)
Whilst the upcoming internationals are indeed World Cup qualifiers, England are already all but there and packing their bags for South Africa. Tottenham’s resurgent start to the season has helped Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch get their respective places back in the line up.
I have to say I am a little surprised that Michael Owen didn’t get a look in. Yes he hasn’t played much this season but in my view had done enough to warrant an inclusion and these two games could have been good tests for Capello to see if the former Liverpool man could fit back into the set-up.