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England boss Fabio Capello calls up Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies
Davies has been in fine form for Bolton this season

England boss Fabio Capello has called up uncapped Bolton striker Kevin Davies for his Euro 2012 squad to face Montenegro at Wembley on 12 October.

Davies, 33, is joined by Wayne Rooney, who has recovered from his ankle injury, with Darren Bent and Peter Crouch the other forwards.

Also included by Capello are John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Aaron Lennon and goalkeeper Rob Green.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has been named in both the under-21 and senior squads.

England have made a perfect start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland.

In both matches Everton's Phil Jagielka produced towering performances in central defence, lessening the impact of the absence of Ferdinand and Terry.

If Jagielka keeps his place, Capello faces a tricky selection dilemma when he names his starting line-up.

Davies' inclusion owes much to injuries to Tottenham striker Jermain Defore, Fulham's Bobby Zamora and Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor while Capello has also overlooked Newcastle United's Andy Carroll who had been tipped for a call up.

Speaking in August Davies, who was capped by the under-21's over a decade ago, admitted he had given up on winning his first full cap.

And even though Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey rejected the chance to temporarily end his retirement from international football, the Bolton captain said it was hard to take the call-up seriously at first.

"It was a shock to be honest," Davies told BBC Radio 5 live. "The call came through and I had to sit down for five or 10 minutes and let it sink in and then it was like, is this a wind-up?

"But then I had to wait for confirmation later on. It's taken a little bit of time to sink in but now it has I'm really proud.

"Now I'm in the squad it's an opportunity to go down there and impress and show them what I'm all about and obviously I want to play a part in the game next week.

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"I'm really excited about it and it's an opportunity I didn't think was going to come my way."

And his club boss Owen Coyle believes the call-up handed to Davies is thoroughly deserved.

"He has got his rewards for the high level of performances that he has produced, week in, week out," said Coyle.

"He works exceptionally hard on a day-to-day basis and I am sure he will give Mr Capello absolutely 100%"

Whether Davies plays any part against Montenegro remains to be seen with Capello saying before the announcement of his squad that he expects Sunderland's Bent, who has scored eight times this season, to be a pivotal figure for England in the future.

Bent, 26, was overlooked for the World Cup, despite his 24 goals leaving him second only to Rooney amongst English-born players in the Premier League last season.

"Bent is back," Capello told the Football Association's website. "In front of goal, he is really dangerous.

"He played 20 minutes against Switzerland and scored an important goal. Now he is training really well. He is probably one of the important players for the future."

Bent is likely to start alongside Rooney - who has handed Capello with a much-needed injury boost.

There is also a recall for midfielder Cole, who has endured a far from smooth ride since his arrival at Liverpool from Chelsea.

Cole's dismissal on his Premier League debut against Arsenal in August and the suspension that followed were probably contributing factors in his missing the qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.


England squad to face Montenegro on 12 October:

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 Wanderers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)



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