Upson recalled to England squad
Matthew Upson has been handed an opportunity to put his 2010 FIFA World Cup™ pain behind him by Fabio Capello after being named in a 24-man squad for the opening European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month.
Upson slumped to number five on Capello's list of central defenders in South Africa after Capello controversially drafted in Jamie Carragher and Ledley King.
He eventually played twice in the disappointing campaign but was then axed for last month's victory over Hungary.
However, with John Terry pulling out through injury, Carragher once again retired from England duty and Capello no longer willing to take a chance on King's questionable fitness, Upson once again finds his services are required.
Upson takes his place in a 24-man squad that shows seven new faces from the one that overcame Hungary in a friendly earlier this month thanks to a brace from Steven Gerrard.
Aside from Terry, Frank Lampard and Bobby Zamora have been ruled out through injury, while both Wes Brown and Paul Robinson have retired.
As youngster Jack Wilshere has been relegated back to the Under-21 squad and doubts remain over a number of players, Capello has been forced to make extensive changes.
The faces are all familiar though, including Scott Carson, who last appeared as a substitute in the friendly win over Germany in Berlin two years ago.
The other inclusions are Michael Carrick, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe, who were all in Capello's World Cup squad, plus Manchester City's Joleon Lescott, who missed out through injury.
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (West Brom), Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City)
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Matthew Upson (West Ham)
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Man City), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)