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

Manchester City.

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

game.

England plays Moldova away on Sept. 7 and hosts Ukraine at

Wembley Stadium five days later in Group H.

Squad:

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

(Arsenal).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham),

Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).