Capello calls up Mancienne to full England squad
Twenty-year-old Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne is a surprise name in Fabio Capello's 23-man England squad for Wednesday's friendly with Germany in Berlin.
Mancienne is yet to play a game for the Stamford Bridge club but his performances on loan for Wolves and in Stuart Pearce's under-21 squad have persuaded Capello to draft him into an injury-hit senior squad for the first time.
Fellow under-21 stars Joe Hart and Gabriel Agbonlahor are also included, as is John Terry even though the England skipper is due to have a scan on a foot injury he suffered during the Blues' 3-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.
As Capello is without Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, who missed Manchester United's win over Stoke with back and calf injuries respectively, and both Ashley and Joe Cole, who also have foot problems, the England coach will hope Terry is available.
If not, he will go to Berlin without his entire first-choice defence and strikeforce, given Wigan's Emile Heskey is also missing with a calf strain.
Yet even with so many men out Capello has opted not to recall Michael Owen, who scored for Newcastle in their draw with Wigan at the JJB Stadium this afternoon.
Also excluded is David Beckham, who does not get a chance to equal Bobby Moore's 108 caps, a record for an outfield player.
Darren Bent is rewarded for his fine recent form with a recall, while Micah Richards also returns although he, Manchester City team-mates Joe Hart and Shaun Wright-Phillips plus Joleon Lescott and Stewart Downing must get through key Premier League games for their clubs tomorrow first.
England squad to play Germany in Berlin next Wednesday:
Carson (West Brom), Hart (Man City), James (Portsmouth), Bridge (Chelsea), Davies (Aston Villa), Johnson (Portsmouth), Terry (Chelsea), Lescott (Everton), Mancienne (Chelsea), Richards (Man City), Upson (West Ham), Barry (Aston Villa), Carrick (Man Utd), Downing (Middlesbrough), Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Wright-Phillips (Man City), A Young (Aston Villa), Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Bent (Tottenham), Crouch (Portsmouth), Defoe (Portsmouth), Walcott (Arsenal).