Luke Shaw in England squad

Southampton full-back Luke Shaw has been called into the England squad for next week's friendly against Denmark

Last Updated: 27/02/14 at 19:43 Post Comment

Luke Shaw: England call

Luke Shaw: England call

Southampton full-back Luke Shaw has been called into the England squad for the first time for next week's friendly against Denmark.

Uncapped Shaw, 18, has been named as part of a 30-man squad for the game at Wembley.

Fellow left-backs Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines have also been included.

Cardiff defender Steven Caulker has been called up in place of injured Everton man Phil Jagielka.

Shaw's Southampton colleagues Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez retain their places while Jermain Defoe is included following his move to Toronto FC.

Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andros Townsend make the 30 but there is no place for in-form Sunderland winger Johnson.

Andy Carroll has also been overlooked despite his recovery from a serious foot injury. Hodgson has opted to pick Saints' Rickie Lambert ahead of the West Ham man.

Hodgson has named four goalkeepers for the friendly - Joe Hart, fit-again Ben Foster, Fraser Forster and John Ruddy.

The game will be the last the Three Lions play before Hodgson selects his World Cup squad.

An emotional Shaw was stunned to hear about his first international call-up.

"It's a very proud day for me, I still cannot believe it," Shaw told Southampton's website.

"I'm only 18. I cannot believe it. I am really excited. It's a massive confidence boost for me.

"Roy rang me this morning and told me I was in the senior team, and that I was there on merit.

"I wasn't expecting it. I didn't know what to say."

England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).


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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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