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England Squad Announced For World Cup Qualifiers: Ferdinand & Dawson Return

Roy Hodgson has named a 26-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro and Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand has been recalled.

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Roy Hodgson has named a 26-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro and the big news is that Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been recalled.

The 34-year-old hasn’t featured for his country since a 2-2 draw against Switzerland in June 2011 but he’s been in excellent form for United this season and with Phil Jagielka out injured and Chelsea captain John Terry retiring from international football, Ferdinand comes back into the England fold.

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster is also back in the squad along with Tottenham duo Michael Dawson and Scott Parker who have been performing well for high-flying Spurs in recent months.

Manchester City centre back Joleon Lescott has been over-looked after losing his place in Roberto Mancini’s starting eleven while Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere also misses out through injury. Liverpool’s Stewart Downing may feel slightly aggrieved to miss out after returning to form in recent weeks but team mate Daniel Sturridge retains his place after an impressive start to life at Anfield.

Here is the full squad Hodgson announced this afternoon.


Joe Hart (Man City), Ben Foster (WBA), Fraser Forster (Celtic)


Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole (both Chelsea), Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker (both Tottenham), Rio Ferdinand , Chris Smalling (both Man Utd), Glen Johnson (Liverpool).


Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young (all Man Utd), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker (both Tottenham), James Milner (Man City), Leon Osman (Everton),  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott (both Arsenal).


Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney, Daniel Welbeck (both Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

England play San Marino on Friday the 22nd March before playing away at Montenegro on Tuesday 26th as they look to qualify from Group H.

What do you think of Hodgson’s squad? Who’s missing? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. gunners

    March 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    it must be Carl jenkinson and Gibbs…

  2. Daddyblue

    March 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Now we know why the duplicitous fraudulent thug Rio was not charged by the equally untrustworthy FA.

  3. nwazue david

    March 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I will england well in all their outings

  4. seaside blue

    March 15, 2013 at 5:26 am

    disgracful how this corrupt organisation have treated lescott barry ect. in favour of ferdinand who is a total disgrace. the best english fullback micah richards does not even get a look in when fit yet jones smalling carrick and a well over weight rooney can do no wrong oh and hang on welbecks played less games than lesscott but when youve got the proven corruput media on your side you cant go wrong

  5. terrison

    March 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Where is Britton, Lambert, Routledge and Holt, cos they’ve all been playing fantastic game in their various club

  6. M.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good team, perfect for sky-hoof English game. England ‘ll win both the games, ‘ll also qualify for WC, & then ‘ll be exposed by the likes of Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Holland or any Latin team, who are technically much superior, skillful & passionate for National team.

    By the way, why Woy picked thugs like Rio or Grandpa like Lampard, Parker or Carrick? They shouldn’t be part of 2014 team.

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