Davies makes England squad
Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies is the shock name in the England squad for the clash with Montenegro.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 05/10/10 12:29pm
Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies is the shock name in Fabio Capello's England squad for the clash with Montenegro next week.
The 33-year-old robust forward has long been linked with an international chance after impressing for the Trotters in recent years, and Capello has opted to give him a shot for the Euro 2012 qualifier.
Davies is one of a few surprise names in the Three Lions squad as there are also recalls for goalkeeper Robert Green and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole.
Wayne Rooney makes the 23 despite recent well-documented personal problems that seem to have affected him on the pitch.
The Manchester United man missed the game at Sunderland at the weekend with an ankle knock but has been deemed fit enough to link up with the England squad ahead of the tie.
Former captain John Terry returns after missing out through injury last time out, while fellow central defender Rio Ferdinand also makes a comeback.
Aaron Lennon comes back in to the fold with Theo Walcott out injured and James Milner suspended, while youngster Jack Wilshere wins his place after impressing for Arsenal.
Goalkeeper Green's international future looked to be in doubt after his monumental blunder during the World Cup but he has been handed a second chance by Capello, who has dropped Scott Carson.
But it is the inclusion of Davies that will raise the most eyebrows, with the Bolton powerhouse saying only last week that he had given up hope of earning a cap for his country.
With Jermain Defoe injured and Emile Heskey snubbing a return to international football, Davies finally has a chance to prove his worth on the big stage.
There is no place for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, however, despite the promising forward not being named in the Under 21s squad by Stuart Pearce.
England currently sit top of Group G and have made a 100 per cent start to their qualifying campaign after wins against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
England squad in full:
Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City); Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa); Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa); Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin Davies (Bolton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)