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Terry, Cole & Agbonlahor to miss England game

International friendly: England v France
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Wednesday, 17 November Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live; Live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; Also live on ITV1


John Terry
Terry watched from the sidelines as Chelsea lost to Sunderland

Chelsea pair John Terry and Ashley Cole and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor have all pulled out of England's friendly against France on Wednesday.

Bolton's Gary Cahill, Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock and West Ham's Carlton Cole have been called up.

Terry missed his side's shock 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland on Sunday with lower back and hamstring problems.

Ashley Cole picked up a knock in the match while Agbonlahor was injured in Villa's game against Manchester United.

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll reported to England's team hotel on Sunday evening but his hopes of playing are in the balance after he picked up a groin injury in his club's 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday.

Carroll is due to train with the rest of the squad at Arsenal's London Colney complex on Monday morning.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said after the Sunderland loss that Terry would miss Wednesday's game but he could return at Birmingham on Saturday.

"Terry trained yesterday but, at the end of the training session, he had pain on his nerve in his hamstring and we had the test this morning," he said.

"He was not able to play today. I don't think he will be able to play for the national team. He is out of the squad.

"But I think he can play the next game. It is an injury, but he can control it. He has controlled it for 12 games.

"He's doing good prevention, good treatment. Everything will be okay for him."

In Terry's absence, Everton's Phil Jagielka, who impressed when starting for England in matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland in September, is likely to partner captain Rio Ferdinand at the heart of the defence.

Defenders Cahill and Warnock, who have been capped once each, come in for Terry and Chelsea team-mate Cole.

Cahill, 24, made his debut in the 4-0 Euro 2010 qualifier defeat of Bulgaria in September.

Warnock's only England appearance was as a substitute for Wayne Bridge in a 3-0 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008.

Newcastle's Carroll was one of four new picks for Fabio Capello's squad, along with Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson, who was instrumental as the Black Cats won at Chelsea.

Capello has indicated he is likely to blood some of the uncapped players on Wednesday.

"We will play with some new players; [Andy] Carroll will be one of these. I hope he will be fit after the weekend's game. Some [other] new players will play during this game," he told the FA's official website.

Carlton Cole has suffered a frustrating season at club level for the Premier League's bottom club West Ham, starting only eight of their 13 league games and scoring once, while on Saturday he came on as a 71st minute substitute against Blackpool.

The 27-year-old won the last of his seven England caps as a second-half substitute against Egypt in March

Capello's squad announcement on Saturday included a call for Manchester City full-back Micah Richards, a player who had not featured in any of the Italian's previous squads while Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs were also named.

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Arguably the most notable omission from the initial squad was Bolton striker Kevin Davies, who could have been forgiven for feeling hard done by after scoring twice in front of Capello in his club's recent 4-2 win over Tottenham.

Liverpool duo Joe Cole and Glen Johnson were overlooked, although the latter had only recently recovered from a groin injury.

Bothroyd was a surprise inclusion, but should he feature in a team where the emphasis appears to be firmly on youth he would become the first Championship player to receive a cap since David Nugent, then of Preston, scored in a 3-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona in March 2007.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones was delighted with the call-up for his striker, who has previously played for Coventry, Charlton and Wolves, and also had a short spell in Italy with Perugia, and has already bagged 15 goals this season.

"It's a lift for Jay, it's a lift for the whole club - myself and the staff," Jones told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek. "I don't think he was expecting it. We hoped it would happen because he has been in good form.

"He's not an out-and-out big target man. He can drift, he's got good ability, good pace."

He's what we call high maintenance. But he is a lovely lad, he wants to do well

Dave Jones on Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd

A double at Scunthorpe on Saturday means Bothroyd, who is the first Cardiff City player to receive the England nod in the club's 111-year history, has now scored in seven consecutive games for the Bluebirds.

Even so, his case has undoubtedly been helped by the absence through injury of fellow strikers Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe and Bobby Zamora.

"There are some good players down in the Championship and it would be a shame if they are overlooked because of the division they are playing in," said Jones, adding that his forward was not always the easiest to get along with.

"We're hoping he starts or he gets some part of the game because we do believe that he has earned it.

"He's what we call high maintenance. But he is a lovely lad, he wants to do well. Most footballers are high maintenance.

"Sometimes players get a reputation with other clubs. You only find out when you work with them and he is a genuine and honest player."

Less surprising is the inclusion of Carroll, which is likely to be warmly received by Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.

"It would be a very proud moment for this football club," said Hughton on Saturday when asked about the possibility of Carroll's selection.

"For a young man to have the opportunity to represent his country, particularly with the amount of quality strikers there are around, then it would be a very proud day for him and the club."

Hughton's sentiments are likely to be echoed by Sunderland's Steve Bruce and Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, respectively the managers of Henderson and Smalling at club level.

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce has reportedly provided Capello with favourable reports about both players.


England squad for the international friendly against France at Wembley on Wednesday, 17 November:

Foster (Birmingham), Hart (Man City), Green (West Ham); Cahill (Bolton), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Man City), Richards (Man City), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd) Warnock (Aston Villa); Walcott (Arsenal), Wilshere (Arsenal), Young (Aston Villa), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Man City), Johnson (Man City), Milner (Man City), Henderson (Sunderland); Bothroyd (Cardiff), Carroll (Newcastle), Crouch (Tottenham), Cole (West Ham).



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see also
Hughton talks up Carroll claims
13 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Bothroyd pushing for England spot
12 Nov 10 |  Cardiff
Mancienne tips Jarvis for England
11 Nov 10 |  Wolves
Roeder warns Capello over Carroll
09 Nov 10 |  Newcastle
Wenger backs Carroll for England
08 Nov 10 |  Newcastle
Hughton backing striker Carroll
23 Oct 10 |  Premier League
Carroll signs new Newcastle deal
08 Oct 10 |  Newcastle


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