Carrick, Cleverley and Welbeck called up for England qualifiers

by Sam Peoples

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

Fixtures to be played are Moldova(A) on September 11 and Ukraine(H) on September 11.

Michael Carrick‘s inclusion in the squad is bitter sweet. He fully deserves to be there but it is a case of too little too late. The midfielder was one of England’s best last year in the Premier League but was still overlooked for the Euro 2012.

Tom Cleverley has had a great rise over the past two seasons and it looks set to continue, so long as he can avoid injury once again. The play making midfielder from the middle is something that England have lacked ever since Paul Scholes retired from international duty. He may well be the key to what is normally an extremely stagnant England midfield.

As for Danny Welbeck, he was one of England’s best performers at Euro 2012 alongside Gerrard and Terry. Ever since returning from his loan spell at Sunderland, Welbeck has got better and better. He established himself as a first team player last year and didn’t look out of place playing for England as well.

Ashley Young has been dropped from the squad after a poor Euro 2012 and it is unsurprising. He wasn’t on form at all in the competition and didn’t live up to expectations at all.

Rio Ferdinand remains out of the squad and I hope it remains that way. The FA have not handled the John Terry situation well at all and I’d rather he keep his fitness for United.

The big problem with these call ups is that our players will face three games in eight days with the Premier League fixture against Wigan awaiting their return from international duty. If either Carrick or Cleverley get injured, United will be in dire straits in terms of midfield selection, so here’s hoping neither pick up anything.

Full story: FA press release

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