SUNDERLAND winger Adam Johnson has been left out of the England squad to face Denmark in next week’s friendly.
Johnson had been mentioned by England boss Roy Hodgson as a contender to be recalled to the England picture after 18 months off the international stage.
Hodgson came to watch the 26-year-old in Sunderland’s Stadium of Light clash against Hull City earlier this month, albeit the game was disrupted by the early dismissal of Wes Brown.
But Johnson has today been snubbed by Hodgson for next Wednesday’s Wembley clash against the Danes - the final friendly before the summer - with Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling preferred in the 30-man squad.
The former Manchester City’s man omission will serve as a major blow towards his hopes of forcing his way into the England squad for the summer’s World Cup, although Hodgson claims the door is not shut on anyone.
“It would be very foolish of me in March to give a definitive 30-man squad (for the World Cup),” Hodgson said.
“This is the squad I have chosen for now.
“Adam Johnson is a player we know and because of the competition we have, decided not to include him in this squad.”
ENGLAND SQUAD: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City), Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).