AJ gets England recall
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Johnson has earned an England recall for September's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Everton striker Andy Johnson has earned a recall to the England squad for next month's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and FYR Macedonia.
Three Lions head coach Steve McClaren has named a 24-man squad for the double-header, with England hosting minnows Andorra at Old Trafford on September 2 before facing Macedonia in Skopje on September 6.
Former Birmingham City and Crystal Palace hit-man Johnson has not appeared for England since last summer's tour of America.
The 25-year-old was on standby with Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad, but did not travel to football's showpiece event.
Following an £8.6 million move to The Toffees this summer, Johnson has started the season brightly and has now earned the chance to resurrect his England career next month.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick also returns to the squad after injury, while Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has an opportunity to reach 50 England caps after also being included.
Unsettled Arsenal left back Ashley Cole is also in the 24-man selection, but there is no room again for former England captain David Beckham.
Manchester United's Gary Neville misses out with a calf problem, while Chelsea's Joe Cole and Liverpool's Jamie Carragher are absent through injury.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is suspended for both games as a result of his red card against Portugal in the World Cup finals.
"Andy deserves his chance in this squad after starting the season well with his new club," McClaren told the Football Association's official website.
"He's a great lad and a real team player who always gives everything. I've spoken to David Moyes and he's delighted with how well Andy has settled in at Everton.
"I'm also delighted to have Michael Carrick back. Alex Ferguson says he's been training well and should be ready for the two games.
"It's a shame his start at United has been disrupted, but he's a top-quality player and a great passer of the ball."
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