Capello calls up several youngsters
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Fabio Capello called up Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone for the forthcoming friendlies with USA and Trinidad and Tobago as the England coach opted to look at several promising youngsters. Huddlestone and Hart are joined in the 31-man squad by Everton defender Phil Jagielka, Middlesbrough centre-back David Wheater and Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

Hart's elevation to the full squad completes a remarkable rise for the 21-year-old, who has only been a first team regular at Eastlands for one season following his move from Shrewsbury in 2006. Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Matthew Upson are all sidelined through injury as Capello builds towards the start of England's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa qualifying campaign in September.

After choosing Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand as his first two captains, Capello is yet to name his skipper for the USA game, although John Terry is available, as is Wayne Rooney, who has been touted as a future captain by the Italian.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, named in Stuart Pearce's Under-21 squad for next Thursday's friendly with Wales in Wrexham, will then link up with the senior party. West Ham's Dean Ashton will be among the other attacking players Capello will have at his disposal, with all but the nine men on UEFA Champions League duty due to report on May 22.

England squad for friendlies against USA on May 28 and Trinidad and Tobago on June 1:

Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Joe Hart (Man City), Chris Kirkland (Wigan)

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Man Utd), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Blackburn), David Wheater (Middlesbrough), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), David Bentley (Blackburn), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Owen Hargreaves (Man Utd), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Striker: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Dean Ashton (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Michael Owen (Newcastle), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd).