Johnson out of England duty

Lescott called up to Pearce's England plans for Wembley friendly

Last Updated: 29/02/12 12:47pm

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Glen Johnson has pulled out of the England squad to face the Netherlands and Joleon Lescott has been called up.

Liverpool full-back Johnson - who scored a penalty in Sunday's Carling Cup final shoot-out win over Cardiff - joins Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley, Darren Bent and Kyle Walker in withdrawing from Wednesday's friendly at Wembley.

Stuart Pearce had previously decided not to name any replacements for his squad, but, in the wake of Johnson's absence which is the result of a minor problem sustained in training on Tuesday morning, England's interim boss has selected Manchester City's Lescott.

The centre-back could consider himself unfortunate not to have been named in Pearce's initial squad after a positive season so far for his Premier League title-chasing club.

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The Football Association said in a short statement on its official website on Tuesday: "As England prepare to face Holland at Wembley on Wednesday evening, Glen Johnson has returned to Liverpool this afternoon and Manchester City's Joleon Lescott will be called into the squad in his place."

Johnson's absence, along with that of Walker, means Micah Richards is almost certain to start at right-back having not played for England since the friendly defeat to France in November 2010.

Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are also both capable of playing at right-back.

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