Mancienne in as Capello axes Becks

David Beckham has been axed from Fabio Capello's 23-man England squad for Wednesday's friendly with Germany in Berlin, while there was a surprise call-up for Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne.

The Italian coach left out Beckham because the Los Angeles Galaxy player has not played since the Major League Soccer regular season ended on 26 October.

The midfielder is due to join AC Milan on loan in January, and could get the chance to equal Bobby Moore's tally of 108 caps in England's next friendly against Spain in February.

I was expecting to join up with the under-21s and my head was focused on that, but this is obviously great news
Michael Mancienne on his surprise call-up into the senior England squad.

Mancienne, 20, is yet to play a game for Chelsea, but Capello has been impressed by his performances on loan for Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and the England U-21s.

"It's a great honour," the Mancienne told Wolves's official website. ". It's a great game to be picked for and just to be in and around the squad will be superb."

On Beckham's omission, Capello said: "This is my system. If you are fit and you are playing, it's possible to be in the squad. He played his last game three weeks ago. If he had played in the (MLS) play-offs, it would have been ok."

Uncapped Aston Villa duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and Curtis Davies are also included, as is John Terry, even though the England captain is due to have a scan on a foot injury he suffered in Chelsea's 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion today.

There were also recalls for in-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent, and Manchester City pair Micah Richards and Joe Hart.

Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney were absent after missing Manchester United's win over Stoke City through injury.

England squad
Scott Carson (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth)

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Curtis Davies (Aston Villa), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea, on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Matthew Upson (West Ham United)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Michael Carrick (Manchester Utd), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Darren Bent (Tottenham Hotspur), Peter Crouch (Portsmouth), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth)

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