Rooney in England squad
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rooney will be joined by the likes of Matthew Upson, Paul Konchesky, Ledley King, Sean Davies, Francis Jeffers, Jermain Jenas and Scott Parker in trying to impress Sven Goran Eriksson for the first time.
James Beattie is also rewarded with his brilliant form this season with a call-up, and Eriksson is likely to hand many of the new faces their first caps in the game.
Rooney has exploded onto the scene this year, and his inclusion in the 27-man squad is not a surprise.
The Everton youngster has already been voted BBC young sports personality of the year, and has shown signs of brilliance for Everton - despite manager David Moyes' intelligent decision not to overuse his young gem.
Birmingham City's Matthew Upson has started well for his new team since sealing a move from Arsenal, and the cultured defender will be hopeful of making a good impression.
Charlton duo Paul Konchesky and Scott Parker have been mainstays of the England Under-21 squad and The Addicks' impressive showing season this year has seen the duo pushed up into the senior squad.
Ledley King has been forced to withdraw from the senior squad in the past through injury, whilst Jermaine Jenas has been outstanding for the rejuvenated Newcastle United.
Frank Lampard and Richard Wright have been awarded for their superb form this season with recalls to the national set-up, and will both hope to feature in a hugely experimental England squad.
The average age of Eriksson's selection is less than 23-years-of-age - suggesting that the Swedish tactician believes the future to be good for England.
SQUAD IN FULL
David JAMES - WEST HAM UNITED
Paul ROBINSON - LEEDS UNITED
Richard WRIGHT - EVERTON
Wes BROWN - MANCHESTER UNITED
Sol CAMPBELL - ARSENAL
Ashley COLE - ARSENAL
Rio FERDINAND - MANCHESTER UNITED
Ledley KING - TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Danny MILLS - LEEDS UNITED
Gary NEVILLE - MANCHESTER UNITED
Matthew UPSON - BIRMINGHAM
David BECKHAM - MANCHESTER UNITED
Joe COLE - WEST HAM UNITED
Sean DAVIS - FULHAM
Kieron DYER - NEWCASTLE UNITED
Owen HARGREAVES - BAYERN MUNICH
Jermaine JENAS - NEWCASTLE UNITED
Paul KONCHESKY - CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Frank LAMPARD - CHELSEA
Danny MURPHY - LIVERPOOL
Scott PARKER - CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Paul SCHOLES - MANCHESTER UNITED
James BEATTIE - SOUTHAMPTON
Francis JEFFERS - ARSENAL
Michael OWEN - LIVERPOOL
Wayne ROONEY - EVERTON
Darius VASSELL - ASTON VILLA