Capello shakes things up after South African nightmare.
England boss Fabio Capello has named the uncapped trio of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Bobby Zamora in his squad to face Hungary on Wednesday.
Goalkeepers Paul Robinson and Ben Foster replace David James and Robert Green as only 10 of the 23-man World Cup squad return for the friendly.
Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson are both recalled but Joe Cole misses out.
Strikers Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch are dropped as Carlton Cole and Darren Bent come in for the match at Wembley.
Manchester United’s Wes Brown, Phil Jagielka of Everton and Bolton’s Gary Cahill bolster the defensive ranks as Capello looks to freshen up the national set-up following a disastrous World Cup campaign which saw England crash out in the last 16.
Arsenal have much to cheer from the new-look squad with Wilshere, Gibbs and Walcott all included.
Wilshere, who was born on New Year’s Day 1992, will become the 10th youngest England international of all time if he plays some part against Hungary.
He became Arsenal’s youngest league debutant two seasons ago and was only the fifth 16-year-old to feature in the Champions League.
Wilshere has won five under-21 caps and his half season on loan at Bolton last term did not go unnoticed by Capello, who expects him to mature rapidly.
After receiving the news, the 18-year-old told Arsenal’s website: “I’m delighted to have been named in the senior England squad for the first time. It is a real honour and I’m looking forward to the experience.
“I’m also realistic and want to take things one step at a time. Being called up to the England squad is a proud moment for me and my family, but my first target is to break into the Arsenal team and play on a regular basis.
“To achieve that, I need to keep my head down, work hard and stay focused.”
At 29, Zamora is not a youngster, but Capello was keen to include the Fulham star in his provisional World Cup squad, only for injury to rule out that option.
However, with Emile Heskey now retired and neither Crouch nor Defoe considered, Zamora was an obvious choice.
West Ham striker Cole has been around the squad before, as has Bent, although Gabriel Agbonlahor will probably consider himself unlucky.
There was better news for another Aston Villa player, however, as Ashley Young has been recalled, with neither Shaun Wright-Phillips nor Aaron Lennon being retained.
England squad to face Hungary:
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Paul Robinson (Blackburn)
Defenders: Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), John Terry (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham) (BBC Sport)
Fabio Capello’s squad was always going to have an air of change about it and Arsenal fans will be glad to see three of their young stars in the squad. Bobby Zamora’s addition is reward for last seasons successes and likewise Carlton Cole deserved to get a nod for his vast improvement over the past 18 months.
The likes of Joe Cole, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe were dumped from the World Cup squad as was unsurprisingly West Ham goalie Robert Green who will probably get a fair amount of stick around the country for some time to come.
Fabio is probably very keen to draw a line under the South African debacle and is therefore looking for an injection of youth to rejuvenate a squad very much in need of a strong start to the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Anyone who Capello should have named? Anyone in the squad who you feel really didn’t deserve another chance? Thoughts please.