Gerrard eyes 100th cap, Wilshere returns to English squad

Nov 8, 2012 20:04 IST

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London: Jack Wilshere has returned to the England squad for the friendly next week against Sweden after being out of contention since last year because of various injuries.

The Arsenal midfielder was called up on Thursday despite club manager Arsene Wenger urging caution about how the midfielder is used because he has only just returned to action.

England captain Steven Gerrard. Getty Images

Wilshere's last England appearance was against Switzerland in June 2011.

In Stockholm on Wednesday, captain Steven Gerrard is due to make his 100th England appearance.

Gerrard, 32, was included in the 23-man party after Hodgson originally suggested that he would be among some senior players rested for the game.

However, the manager changed his mind and Gerrard is now expected to reach the milestone but Ashley Cole, who also has 99 caps, will have to wait for his century. If Gerrard plays he will join Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106) and Billy Wright (105) as England's sixth centurion.

Cole, who missed Chelsea's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday with a hamstring injury, is also a doubt for Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Everton midfielder Leon Osman will be hoping to win his first cap at the age of 31 after being called up by coach Roy Hodgson for the first time.

Forwards Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll weren't included as Hodgson uses the friendly to look at other options, with Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck joining Wayne Rooney as the striking options. Liverpool youngsters Raheem Sterling, 17, and Jonjo Shelvey, 20, were named in the squad for the first time after being invited in as replacements earlier this season.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City);

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

AP & Reuters