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England Squad for Bulgaria and Wales Euro 2012 Fixtures Named

Players from Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium dominate proceedings.

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Fabio Capello has named Manchester United defender Phil Jones in the England squad for the first time.

His United team-mate Rio Ferdinand and Spurs’ Michael Dawson are both omitted from the 24-man squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.

Chris Smalling and Bolton’s Gary Cahill are also named, while United midfielder Tom Cleverley also gets the call.

Up front Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe are both in after an injury to Danny Welbeck who was in the last squad.

But the 19-year-old has been rewarded for his superb form at the start of the new campaign following his move from Blackburn in the summer.

After their domination at the start of the Premier League this season, Manchester United and Manchester City between them have 11 players in the squad.

The game against Bulgaria takes place on 2 September, while Wales travel to Wembley on 6 September.

England currently top Group G on goal difference from Montenegro in second. Wales lie bottom after falling to win any of their opening four matches. (BBC Sport)

FULL ENGLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Robert Green (West Ham), David Stockdale (Fulham – on loan at Ipswich)

Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Bolton), John Terry (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Micah Richards (Man City), Joleon Lescott (Man City)

Midfielders: Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Tom Cleverley (Man Utd), Ashley Young (Man Utd), Scott Parker (West Ham)

Forwards: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

Fabio Capello will be buoyed by the good form shown by a number of his England charges ahead of the international double-header. As well as the high flying members of the Man United and Man City squads Liverpool pair Stewart Downing
and Andy Carroll have done well at Anfield and it’s good to see that Scott Parker retains his place in the squad despite now plying his trade with a Championship side, although according to reports he will soon be a Tottenham player.

England will be expecting a six point haul from the two games and in doing so Capello will have all but qualified for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.

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