England coach Fabio Capello avoided a row with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as he left Steven Gerrard out of his squad for Saturday's friendly against Brazil in Doha. Benitez had made it clear that he did not think Gerrard should be selected as the Liverpool captain has missed several matches with a groin injury suffered during England's defeat in Ukraine last month.

Gerrard could play some part of Liverpool's Barclay's Premier League match against Birmingham City on Monday, but Capello has placated Benitez by leaving Gerrard out of the trip to Qatar.

Despite injuries to Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole, there was still no place for Manchester United striker Michael Owen once again as Capello recalled Darren Bent. The Sunderland striker has been in fine form this season, scoring eight goals for his side, although he missed a penalty in Saturday's defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Aaron Lennon and David James are all ruled out through injury, while Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock and Tottenham Hostpur midfielder Huddlestone come in. Warnock's international career has so far amounted to an eight minute substitute appearance in Trinidad last year, while Huddlestone is still to make his senior debut.

Capello has named a 24-man squad, although that number will reduce by one if Los Angeles Galaxy maintain their interest in the MLS play-offs on Sunday by beating Chivas USA because David Beckham would be forced to withdraw to stay with his club.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Manchester United), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City, on loan at Birmingham City)

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Manchester City), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham united), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy/USA), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham hotspur), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)