Hodgson names England squad for friendly double

England coach Roy Hodgson has named his squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

England coach Roy Hodgson has named his squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy earns a first call-up to the senior squad for the double-header, having featured three times for the U21s, while Wayne Rooney is included in the 22-man party despite uncertainty over his future at Manchester United. Liverpool striker Danny Sturridge also earns a recall.

England take on Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic side at Wembley on 29 May, before travelling to World Cup hosts Brazil to play in Rio's newly-refurbished Maracana Stadium on 2 June.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott;

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck.

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