Phil Jones has been called into the England squad for their upcoming friendlies versus Spain and Sweden.
Manchester United youngsters Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones have been handed England call-ups for the upcoming friendlies versus Spain and Sweden. The 20-year-old Welbeck made his senior debut for England in March during a friendly against Ghana. In total, he has been capped twice. The 19-year-old Jones made his senior debut for England last month at right-back during a Euro 2012 qualifier versus Montenegro.
United's Wayne Rooney has been left out of the squad after being told in a meeting with England manager Fabio Capello last Thursday that he is excused from duty. In the match versus Montenegro, the United striker was sent off and as a result, he received a three-match ban for Euro 2012. It is expected that Rooney and the England FA are planning to appeal that decision by UEFA.
Other Reds -- who have featured prominently recently for England -- such as Ashley Young and Chris Smalling have not been named into the squad because of their current injuries. Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has also been left out due to fitness concerns.
England will face Spain on November 12 before facing Sweden on November 15 -- both at Wembley. Here is the full 25-player squad:
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)