Zamora returns to England squad

With Rooney suspended and Carrol injured, Bobby Zamora has been named in the England squad to face Switzerland in June

    Wilshere has decided it's time to put his club and the senior England team ahead of his under-21 duties [GALLO/GETTY] 

    Fulham's Bobby Zamora was named in the England squad on Monday for next month's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland for the first time since breaking his leg last August.

    Coach Fabio Capello named Zamora because Liverpool's Andy Carroll is injured and Wayne Rooney is suspended for the Group G match at Wembley on June 4th.

    Zamora made his debut for England as a second half substitute in a friendly against Hungary last August, but a month later broke his leg in a Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and did not play again until recovering in February.

    His goal against Arsenal in Sunday's 2-2 draw on the final day of the Premier League season was his fourth in 11 matches since his return to action.

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also returns in a 26-man squad with Capello having to call up Fulham reserve keeper David Stockdale alongside Scott Carson as back-up goalies after Ben Foster and Robert Green stated they did not wish to be involved.

    With all five teams in the group having played four matches, England lead the standings with 10 points on goal difference from Montenegro, followed by Switzerland (4), Bulgaria (4) and Wales (0).

    Pearce omits Wilshere

    Jack Wilshere was also named in the senior England squad following the news that he will not be travelling to Denmark for the European under-21 Championship.

    Arsenal midfielder Wilshere and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll were both omitted from the under-21 squad by manager Stuart Pearce on Monday.

    The potential inclusion of both players, who have already established themselves in Fabio Capello's senior squad, had been controversial.

    Carroll, who became the most expensive English player in January, has suffered with injuries during the second half of the season, while Wilshere has started more than 40 games for his club this season.

    "Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere will not be part of the under-21 squad which travels to Denmark. Andy has been ruled out through injury," Pearce said in a statement on the Football Association website.

    "I spoke to Jack last week and he explained that while he told me in March that he wanted to be part of the squad, he now feels he is not in the best condition to take part in the finals."

    "That is based on the number of games he has played for Arsenal this season, sports science data which Jack was presented with last week and concerns he has for his fitness looking ahead to next season."

    Wilshere has been an almost ever-present for Arsenal this season and club manager Arsene Wenger said last week England would be gambling with his health by calling him up for the June 11-25 tournament.

    "Jack has always expressed his enjoyment at being involved with the under-21 squad, and while I am disappointed not to have him with us for the finals I've accepted the situation," Pearce added.

    England squad for 2012 Euro qualifier:

    Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Scott Carson (West Bromwich Albion), David Stockdale (Fulham)

    Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

    Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (West Ham United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

    Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)

    SOURCE: Agencies


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