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West Ham's Spector backs Ashton for England recall

West Ham's USA defender Jonathan Spector hopes England boss Fabio Capello selects clubmate Dean Ashton for their looming friendly.

He said: "It was really disappointing for him to get such a serious ankle injury.

"It took him a long while to get back from it but in the last few games of the season he was in great form and it is great to see him back in the England set-up.

"He is very nearly back to his best, if not there yet. He is a great finisher - so who wouldn't want that on their team? He has great technical ability as well."

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