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Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies is the shock name in Fabio Capello's England squad for the clash with Montenegro next week.
The 33-year-old robust forward has long been linked with an international chance after impressing for the Trotters in recent years, and Capello has opted to give him a shot for the Euro 2012 qualifier.
Davies is one of a few surprise names in the Three Lions squad as there are also recalls for goalkeeper Robert Green and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole.
Wayne Rooney makes the 23 despite recent well-documented personal problems that seem to have affected him on the pitch.
The Manchester United man missed the game at Sunderland at the weekend with an ankle knock but has been deemed fit enough to link up with the England squad ahead of the tie.
Former captain John Terry returns after missing out through injury last time out, while fellow central defender Rio Ferdinand also makes a comeback.
Aaron Lennon comes back in to the fold with Theo Walcott out injured and James Milner suspended, while youngster Jack Wilshere wins his place after impressing for Arsenal.
Goalkeeper Green's international future looked to be in doubt after his monumental blunder during the World Cup but he has been handed a second chance by Capello, who has dropped Scott Carson.
But it is the inclusion of Davies that will raise the most eyebrows, with the Bolton powerhouse saying only last week that he had given up hope of earning a cap for his country.
With Jermain Defoe injured and Emile Heskey snubbing a return to international football, Davies finally has a chance to prove his worth on the big stage.
There is no place for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, however, despite the promising forward not being named in the Under 21s squad by Stuart Pearce.
England currently sit top of Group G and have made a 100 per cent start to their qualifying campaign after wins against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City); Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa); Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa); Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin Davies (Bolton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
At last the England manager has opened his eyes to look at players outside the top 4. Kevin Davies has been an excellent holding player, with good touch, the right kind of aggression and a first class attitude for years. At 33 he¿s never going to be here for the long term, but anyone who argues that he¿s close to the bull in a china shop Heskey was is insane. I¿m delighted he¿s got an opportunity, and I think he¿ll shock a few people by scoring for England.
Posted 22:02 4th October 2010
Has capello even heard of the players some fans have mentioned. Davies deserves his chance for this qualifier, but deserved many more chances years back instead of heskey. Theres no point now really, not being harsh but being realistic can we see him as part of the squads plans in 2012/ future tournaments no.. Some of Capello''s selections are ludacrous, Green has made mistakes since WC, once again the ''old guard'' are back in, terry and ferdinand have been out for weeks, play one game and then there back? and being a liverpool fan it pains to say G.johnson and cole don''t derserve to be in the squad. And as for SWP and rooney, what the hell capello!?!? Glad to see wilshere in there truly derserves his chance, and a.johnson and bent. Would of liked to see more maybe carroll, parker, albrighton and downing given a chance..
Posted 21:57 4th October 2010
Here we go again, Capello picking the ''names'' again as opposed to players in form, though including the sometimes under-rated Davies is justified as he has been consistent for many seasons. I am still amiss why Scott Parker isn''t included, a natural midfield dynamo, a leader who gives 100% every time he pulls on a shirt. He in my opinion, is one of very, very few footballers who would wear that England shirt bursting with pride and honour for the ''Three Lions''. Jack Wilshire''s inclusion in the full squad, is a brilliant nod towards England''s future, he''s been exceptional so far this seasons and proves the old adage, ''''If you''re good enough, you''re old enough''''. I would''ve liked to have seen Andy Carroll selected in the the 23'', another youngster with burgeoning potential and has proved he is a very capable ''premiership forward'' and can effortlessly make the transition to International Football.My only hope is that the ''names'' selected still feel the pride for the ''Three Lions'' and perform accordingly, ''They Know Who They Are''.
Posted 21:45 4th October 2010
Andy Carroll are people having a laugh? The guy us no where near good enough and never will be! I''m a Liverpool fan and I dnt understand how Cole or Johnson are in. Glad to see wilshire in and I hope he starts great player.
Posted 21:18 4th October 2010
As a Manchester United fan i don''t watch much of bolton Wanderers because i just don''t really like them.... But if every England player played with the spirit and dedication as Davies i would be more comfortable watching and supporting them! Give the guy a chance as he should of been given ages ago, and for those who think Carroll should be in the squad ahead of some of the other strikers he has only played 7 PL games, he will be in the squad next time if he carries on playing well
Posted 20:39 4th October 2010
Brilliant for Davies, he really deserves a call up. Ok if it wasn''t for the retirement of Heskey and the injuries to Defoe and Zamora it is unlikely he would be in, but if he proves himself at this level and keeps scoring for Bolton, Kevin Davies could become a mainstay in the England set-up. He also seems like the type of player one of Capello''s teams would benifit from having. I was surprised that Downing or Matty Etherington wasn''t included though - we have problems on the left hand side and there are no natural left sided players in that 23.
Posted 19:45 4th October 2010
What part of milner is suspended do some if you not understand? Parker not in again is hard on the player. Davies probably wont even get a kick but if he plays a lot of the opposition will. Glad to see lennon because he''s gradually finding his form again and on his day he''s better than walcott and swp. Whatever team starts for heavens sake should be enough to beat montenegro.
Posted 19:40 4th October 2010
wht does scott parker have to do to get in the england team and i think joey barton should of been in there to mr capello keeps picking people on there names instead of there form get rid of the old gaurd and start picking the future stars
Posted 19:36 4th October 2010
Whats Capello doing? Davies in, instead of Carroll? eh? is that the way to build for the future, also where''s Milner, who i rate as one of the best english players in the game, howay fabio, time to start building a team for euro 2012 now, in 2 years where will Davies be? start blooding the next breed of england players!!!!
Posted 19:33 4th October 2010
I''m a Bolton fan and I''m really pleased. He absolutely deserves his chance and whilst I think there might be better strikers available come Euro 2012 itself, I know Superkev will give 100% as always. I can understand fans of other teams raising eyebrows but I would urge those people to just see what he does if he gets on. He sums up everything an England player should be about, wears his heart on his sleeve and wins just about every header that comes in! Well done Kev! You can do it!
Posted 19:29 4th October 2010
I agree with Glenn Dyer. Kevin Davies should have been called up a good few years ago. Being called up at the age of 33, just a couple months after Capello said Beckham was "too old" to continue playing for England, it means he knows he will have a very short England career. I even doubt he will have much playing time against Montenegro. The most he will get is maybe a few mins action towards the end (if England are winning comfortably) purely as a token gesture for making the trip. I do not see the value of something like this. If you want to give someone a taste, and nothing more, of international experience, then give it to someone younger, like Andy Carrol; someone who DOES have a hope of making Euro 2012 and many more tournaments over the next several years. Poor decision by Capello with this, but no complaints with the rest of the squad.
Posted 19:14 4th October 2010
Come people, my God, its ridiculous the people getting mentioned, as worthy of playing for England. Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Matt Jarvis, Mathhew Etherington, Luke Varney, etc, etc. Are you people CLOWNS!! We won''t even qualify playing people like that! Get a grip and be realistic and stop touting your own teams players!
Posted 18:52 4th October 2010
The reason Milner is not in the squad is because he is serving a one match suspension for picking up 2 yellow cards against Bulgaria and Switzerland. As for Davies being picked it makes sense for Capello to pick him as hes not bothered about the future of England after 2012 because he will be off the payroll so why should he actually pick a player like Carroll as it wont benefit Capello.
Posted 18:50 4th October 2010
Simply cannot understand how SWP still gets in the England squad?? Capello normally plays him on the left (which in itself is a joke) and he leaves out Downing?? Kevin Davies does deserve a call up, but its a bit too late and what about trying players like Carrol? Crazy squad!!
Posted 18:42 4th October 2010
While I agree, Kevin Davies can win the ball and score, but this is with English referees who are a little more easy going on his rough antics. With foreign ref''s in International games, he will be constantly getting booked and probably sent off. So then what do we do when we are down to 10 men and require a goal?
Posted 17:55 4th October 2010
why has jordan henderson not been picked he has consistentley performed all last season and this season and to be behind lennon who has had chances and not performed and swp who can not even get a game for man city. i also agree that downing should be included we dont have many naturally left footed players. one more thing milner is suspended for the england qualifier that is why he is not included.
Posted 17:49 4th October 2010
kevin daives deserves to be picked i think he could be a super sub 2 defend at late stages by fouling people fabio capello should stop being scared and pick young and inexprience people like andy caroll and others emile heskey is useless when is the last time he scored rooney is a top player but he''s out of form he should''nt be pick choose players on form not players people that fans like
Posted 17:47 4th October 2010
Kevin Davies is Quality! Then again as a West Ham fan I know that because he scores against us every season - Good luck to him!
Posted 15:47 4th October 2010
i''m so thrilled to see Davo get his call up to the England squad, he has so throughly deserved his call up as he has been outstanding for Bolton since they signed him. As for you Chris (i know nowt about football) Sutcliffe he has been a consitant performer thru out his career, not many defenders have been able to cope with his pressure, all i can say is give him a chance Fabio.
Posted 15:46 4th October 2010
kevin davies should have been in the squad ages ago, how capello picked heskey is a joke. why is scott parker not in the squad, if he was playing for one of the top jollys he would have been a regular by now
Posted 15:43 4th October 2010
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