Young Gunners get England call-ups

Only 10 of the World Cup squad have made it into this friendly

line-up, with goalkeepers Robert Green and David James not included

and new Liverpool signing Joe Cole also left out. Bobby Zamora

heads a revamped forward line, which also includes Carlton Cole and

Darren Bent in addition to Wayne Rooney for Wednesday’s Wembley

date. There are returning faces too, in Manchester City’s Adam

Johnson and Theo Walcott of Arsenal, who were both axed from Fabio

Capello’s provisional squad prior to the World Cup. Manchester

United’s Wes Brown and Phil Jagielka of Everton come in to bolster

the defensive ranks. Born on New Year’s Day 1992, Wilshere will

become the 10th youngest England international of all-time if he

plays some part against the once-mighty Magyars. Wilshere has

already set a few notable landmarks in his fledgling career,

including becoming Arsenal’s youngest league debutant two seasons

ago and being the fifth 16-year-old to feature in the Champions

League. With five under-21 caps to his name, he has already made a

favourable impression on Stuart Pearce and his half-season on loan

at Bolton last term did not go unnoticed by Capello. Knowing he

must now look to the future, the Italian views Wilshere as the

ideal age to develop at a more rapid rate, which is why he was

included and Jack Rodwell is not. Ashley Cole was one of the few to

emerge from the South Africa debacle with their reputation intact,

so Gibbs’ contribution at left-back will probably be as back-up.

However, the Lambeth-born 20-year-old was already on Capello’s

radar last year and in all probability would have made the World

Cup squad ahead of Stephen Warnock had he not suffered a

season-ending injury in November. At 29, Zamora is not a youngster.

However, Capello was keen to include the Fulham star in his

provisional squad, only for injury to rule out that option. With

Emile Heskey now retired and neither Peter Crouch nor Jermain Defoe

considered, Zamora was an obvious choice. West Ham striker Cole has

been around the squad before, as has Bent, although Gabriel

Agbonlahor will probably consider himself unlucky. There was better

news for another Aston Villa player though as Ashley Young has been

recalled, with neither Shaun Wright-Phillips nor Aaron Lennon being

retained. Most of Capello’s senior men are included, with John

Terry keeping his place, even if his partner next week remains

something of a mystery. At various stages of the World Cup, Ledley

King, Jamie Carragher and Matthew Upson had the job. All three have

now been ditched, which would hint at a straight fight between

Jagielka, who won the last of his three caps against Ukraine at

Wembley last year before a serious knee injury put a halt to his

blossoming career, and Michael Dawson, who was called into the

World Cup squad as a replacement for injured skipper Rio Ferdinand

but did not play a game. Squad: Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart

(Manchester City), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers); Wes Brown

(Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole

(Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Gibbs

(Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), John

Terry (Chelsea); Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard

(Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard

(Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Ashley Young (Aston Villa),

Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal); Darren Bent

(Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Wayne Rooney

(Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham).