Capello hands Walker surprise call-up
© Getty Images

England manager Fabio Capello has called up uncapped Aston Villa defender Kyle Walker and Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale for Wednesday's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson returns to the squad following his injury last year suffered against Bulgaria at Wembley, while there is also a place for Everton's Leighton Baines.

But Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was missing from the 25-man squad after injuring his calf in the warm-up before Manchester United's shock 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Walker, who is just 20, has excelled in loan spells with both QPR and Aston Villa after Spurs manager Harry Redknapp decided there was no short-term use for the Sheffield-born player at his parent club Tottenham.

Stockdale was also called into the squad for the first time, although his role is very much as back-up to first-choice pair Joe Hart and Ben Foster.

Frank Lampard returns for the first time since August and there is also a call-up for highly-rated West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker, who made Capello's provisional FIFA World Cup™ squad but was left out without playing a minute of the warm-up matches against Mexico or Japan.

There is no place for Cardiff City's Jay Bothroyd, who made his debut against France in November, while Jack Wilshere is the only one of the youngsters Capello used in that game to survive. Wilshere has been tipped to fill the midfield holding role ahead of Gareth Barry.

With new Liverpool striker Andy Carroll ruled out by a thigh injury, Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe are joined by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Capello will be a nervous spectator on Sunday when seven of his squad are in action in the Premier League. Five feature in the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David Stockdale (Fulham)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa)
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (West Ham United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)