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Shock England call for Villa's Walker

England boss Fabio Capello sprang a surprise when he named Aston Villa defender Kyle Walker in his Three Lions squad to face Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

• Gardner: Foster should be No. 1
• Hart rejects manager criticism

Capello has been struggling in the right-back department, with doubts over the form of Glen Johnson and Micah Richards, who played in the role against France in November.

Nevertheless, Walker's elevation is a shock and comes at the end of a period when the 20-year-old has excelled in loan spells with both QPR and Villa.

Walker, on loan at Villa having been deemed surplus to requirements at parent club Tottenham, is joined in the squad by club team-mates Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent.

The former Sheffield United defender has appeared for England at Under-19 and Under-21 level, making his debut for the former before he had ever appeared in a league match for the Blades.

He subsequently joined Tottenham at the start of last season, although he struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane and it was not until he signed a loan deal with QPR in September that he started to catch the eye.

Capello's lack of options at right-back are emphasised by the fact Johnson is still favoured to start in that role against the Danes, even though he has spent the last few weeks at left-back for Liverpool after an inconsistent campaign.

There was also a first call-up for Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, who deputised for Cottagers No. 1 Mark Schwarzer throughout January while he was on Asian Cup duty with Australia.

England squad to face Denmark:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City), David Stockdale (Fulham)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Man City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Man City), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

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