Fabio Capello has named his England squad for the all important Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro on Friday night, with a number of surprise decisions.
Fulham’s Bobby Zamora was preferred to Tottenham equivalent Jermain Defoe, despite the Spurs man impressing of late with three goals in his last four matches.
When quizzed about the decision, Defoe could not hide his disappointment.
“I am obviously very disappointed. I feel I have not let Mr Capello down when I have played, but I will work hard to get my place back,” he told Mirror Football.
Rio Ferdinand has also been left out of the squad, as doubts over the veteran defender’s fitness continue. The centre half did not feature in Manchester United’s win over Norwich at the weekend, and will be given time to regain fitness.
The match in Podgorica has come to soon for Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard also, who has not been recalled as he slowly recovers from a groin injury.
Tottenham’s goal hero Kyle Walker however is included after scoring the winner in the North London derby, and with Glen Johnson and Chris Smalling absent due to injury, the former under-21 star is in contention for a start.
Finally, Scott Carson has also been recalled after impressing with new club Bursaspor.
Squad in full:
GK: Carson (Bursaspor), Hart (Man City), Stockdale (Ipswich).
DF: Baines (Everton), Cahill (Bolton), Cole (Chelsea), Jagielka (Everton), Jones (Man Utd), Richards (Man City), Terry (captain, Chelsea), Walker (Tottenham).
MF: Barry (Man City), Downing (Liverpool), Johnson (Man City), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Man Utd).
ATT: Bent (Aston Villa), Carroll (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Welbeck (Man Utd), Zamora (Fulham).