Former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson was today included in the list of five standby players for England’s Euro 2012 finals squad.
Henderson has had a difficult first season at Liverpool, but the £16million Wearsider has obviously done enough to impress
new England manager Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson making his first squad announcement, made a couple of surprise choices, handing Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich keeper John Ruddy their first call-ups.
John Terry was included in the 23-man squad to meet France, Ukraine and Sweden next month, but there was no place for Rio Ferdinand.
The five standby players also include Easington-born Manchester City star Adam Johnson and young Birmingham keeper Jack Butland.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man Utd), James Milner (Man City)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)