Saturday August 11 2012
Italy-England friendly hots up

Roy Hodgson has recalled Michael Carrick for the August 15 friendly between England and Italy.

The two sides already clashed in the Euro 2012 quarter-final, where the Azzurri dominated but were forced to win only on penalties.

Manchester United man Carrick had asked not to be considered for international duty in January, but injuries to Scott Parker and Gareth Barry have prompted his return to the midfield.

Kyle Walker and Gary Cahill missed Euro 2012 through injury, but will get the chance to face Italy after all.

Cesare Prandelli rested numerous top stars and Hodgson has done the same for the game in Berne, Switzerland.

Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Joleon Lescott are among those rested.

England squad to face Italy:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), John Ruddy (Norwich City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

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