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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.

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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