England missing injured Rooney for WCup qualifiers
With Wayne Rooney injured, England will be relying on four
strikers who aren’t regular starters for their clubs in the World
Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Manager Roy Hodgson has picked Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe,
Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as his forwards. Only Defoe has
started both matches in the opening two rounds of the Premier
League this season, but he is set to lose his place in the
Tottenham team following the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from
Rooney is out of contention after he hurt his thigh in
Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Fulham last weekend.
There were few surprises in Hodgson’s 24-man squad, with
left-sided Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand keeping his place after
making his debut in the 3-2 friendly win over Italy two weeks ago.
Manchester United winger Ashley Young didn’t make the cut, however,
despite starting matches during the European Championship, with
Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott preferred.
Chelsea defender John Terry, who is awaiting a Football
Association hearing after being charged with racially abusing Anton
Ferdinand last season, is back after being rested for the Italy
England plays Moldova away on Sept. 7 and hosts Ukraine at
Wembley Stadium five days later in Group H.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester
City), John Ruddy (Norwich).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea),
Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka
(Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester
City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley
(Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven
Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard
(Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham),
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).