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Luke Shaw Named In England Squad For Friendly V Denmark

27/02/2014 15:06 GMT | Updated 27/02/2014 15:59 GMT
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READING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Luke Shaw of England attacks during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier between England U21 and Moldova U21 at The Madejski Stadium on September 05, 2013 in Reading, England, (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Luke Shaw has received his first call up to the England squad for next week's friendly against Denmark at Wembley.

Shaw, 18, has been in outstanding form with Southampton this season and could edge out Ashley Cole for the second left-back berth for Roy Hodgson's World Cup party, along with Leighton Baines.

Cole retains his squad berth, despite a lack of game-time at Chelsea, while Manchester United's struggling midfielder Tom Cleverley is a surprise inclusion.

Hodgson has named a 30-man squad for England's final friendly on home soil before the Brazil finals, and will have to whittle that down to 23 for the World Cup.

Jermain Defoe, who has played just 36 minutes of football in two months and will join Toronto FC in March, is one of six strikers but there is no room for Andy Carroll.

Phil Jagielka is out injured, so Steven Caulker, who has won one cap under Hodgson, comes in. Raheem Sterling's excellent form has earned him a recall, too.

Adam Johnson misses out despite being named player of the month for January, too.

ENGLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck