Hodgson springs a few surprises in England squad for double header

Jack Colback is one of four uncapped players in Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his squad for the upcoming games against Norway and Switzerland.

Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph are included in a new-look 22-man party.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend returns to the squad after missing the World Cup through injury and there is also a place for Everton’s 20-year-old defender John Stones.

Chambers has caught the eye at Arsenal since his £16million move from Southampton and has earned a call-up despite the concerns of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Danny Rose has been rewarded for his good early-season form with Tottenham and Fabian Delph comes into the squad because of his progress at Aston Villa.

It is Colback’s call-up which comes as the biggest surprise.

The Newcastle midfielder has rarely been mentioned as a possible candidate for England duty, but Hodgson’s hand has been forced by a series of injuries.


Kyle Walker (pelvis), Ross Barkley (knee), Theo Walcott (knee), Glen Johnson (thigh), Luke Shaw (hamstring), Michael Carrick (ankle), Jon Flanagan (knee), Adam Lallana (knee), Chris Smalling (groin), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Andy Carroll (ankle) are all missing through injury.

And with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole having now retired, there is an obvious lack of experience in the squad, which is set to meet on Sunday night.

And while Hodgson admits injuries played a part in his thinking when naming the possible debutants, he is not worried about their lack of experience

"I don’t see any reason for us to be fearful in any way but on the other hand I think it will be exciting and, to some extent, anxious moments for us all to see how these players can step up," he added.

"Unfortunately you don’t put things behind you, memories stay with you. We were so bitterly disappointed at the way we we exited the World Cup. We went there with such high hopes, we were so desperate to play well.

"I am very excited about the prospect of this England group but I was that before the World Cup.

"And even more so now perhaps after the World Cup because it’s obvious now that these players have got to do the job because they don’t have the senior figures to lead them.

"The only player they have now, Glen Johnson has 50 caps.

"We’ve got Rooney out there on his own now

"We’ll just have to be empowered more and they’ll have to accept it.

"I think they’re good enough to play for England as the manager and the coaches think they’re good enough to play for England.

"Now they need to put on the shirt and the boots and go out and show they’re good enough."

England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland and the friendly against Norway is as follows:

Forster (Southampton), Foster (West Brom), Hart (Manchester City); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Chambers (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Jones (Manchester United), Rose (Tottenham), Stones (Everton); Colback (Newcastle), Delph (Aston Villa), Henderson (Liverpool), Milner (Manchester City), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Sterling (Liverpool), Townsend (Tottenham), Wilshere (Arsenal); Lambert (Liverpool), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United).