John Terry In, Wayne Rooney Out.
England boss Fabio Capello has handed first call-ups to midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Daniel Sturridge.
Everton’s Rodwell, 20, and Chelsea’s Sturridge, 22, are in the squad for friendlies against Spain and Sweden.
Captain John Terry is in the squad despite being the subject of police and Football Association investigations over an alleged racist remark.
Wayne Rooney has been left out as he is set to miss the Euro 2012 group stage through suspension.
Capello’s side face world and European champions Spain next Saturday before facing Sweden on Tuesday, 15 November.
England squad to face Spain and Sweden: Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Carson (Bursaspor), David Stockdale (Ipswich); Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Gary Cahill (Bolton), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham); Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal); Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Bobby Zamora (Fulham), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd).
SOURCE: BBC Sport
So unsurprisingly Wayne Rooney sits out the upcoming friendlies as Fabio Capello looks into alternative striking options knowing that the Man United man will be out of contention for the beginning of Euro 2012.
Rio Ferdinand was overlooked, as was Liverpool’s Andy Carroll but perhaps the biggest surprise is the omission of Man City defender Micah Richards who has been in good form for the Premier League leaders. The 23 year old took to Twitter to announce his feelings about not making the squad stating ‘Well well well!!!! Disappointed is an understatement!!”