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Last Updated: Monday, 19 March 2007, 17:21 GMT
McClaren calls up striker Nugent
David Nugent in action for Preston
Nugent scored against Burnley on Saturday
Preston striker David Nugent has been called up for England's forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers as a replacement for the injured Darren Bent.

Aston Villa left back Gareth Barry has also been drafted into the squad.

If he plays Nugent would be England's first outfield player from outside the top flight since Michael Gray in 1999.

Nugent has scored 16 goals this season and is the first Preston player to be called up by England since Sir Tom Finney in 1959.

Nugent was playing for Bury in League Two only two years ago, but England coach Steve McClaren believes the player's form for the Under-21 team will enable him to cope with international football.

"Internationally you look at the under-21s and if he can score at that level, and he has done," said McClaren.

Full back Barry had been left out of the original party but earned a reprieve after Manchester United's Gary Neville was ruled out because of an ankle injury.

McClaren's other defensive injury worry is Micah Richards' ongoing calf problem.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and Everton's Phil Neville will also be competing for the left-back slot.

606: DEBATE
Paul Fletcher - BBC Sport

Barry received his first call-up for nearly four years when England played Spain in a friendly in February and played for most of the second half.

However, despite Ashley Cole's suspension for the game against Israel and an injury to fellow left-back Wayne Bridge, the 26-year-old was initially dropped for the games against Israel and Andorra.

The decision was criticised by Villa boss Martin O'Neill.

Richards will join up with the squad on Tuesday and is calf problem will be assessed.

Old Trafford captain Neville picked up an ankle injury against Bolton on Saturday and is set to be sidelined for three weeks.

There was good news for England coach McClaren when Steven Gerrard was given the all-clear, despite limping out of the draw at Aston Villa.

However, the England boss could lose other players to injury after Monday's FA Cup ties, with Manchester United facing Middlesbrough and Tottenham taking on Chelsea.

McClaren confirmed to BBC Five Live Sport ahead of Sunday's Premiership matches that he may have to change his squad because of injury concerns.

He said: "Thirteen players are playing on Monday and the squad could change by Tuesday."


England squad:

Goalkeepers: Robinson (Tottenham), Foster (Man Utd, on loan at Watford), Carson (Liverpool, on loan at Charlton).

Defenders: Richards (Man City), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea, capt), Woodgate (Real Madrid, on loan at Middlesbrough), Carragher (Liverpool), A Cole (Chelsea), P Neville (Everton), Barry (Aston Villa).

Midfielders: Gerrard (Liverpool), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Lampard (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Parker (Newcastle), Carrick (Man Utd), Dyer (Newcastle), Downing (Middlesbrough).

Forwards: Johnson (Everton), Rooney (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham), Bent (Charlton).

Israel squad:

Goalkeepers: Dudu Aouate (Deportivo Coruna), Nir Davidovich (Maccabi Haifa), Shavit Elimelech (Hapoel Tel Aviv).

Defenders: Tal Ben Haim (Bolton Wanderers), Arik Benado (Beitar Jerusalem), Shimon Gershon (Beitar Jerusalem), Yoav Ziv (Beitar Jerusalem), Tomer Ben Yosef (Beitar Jerusalem), Yuval Shpungin (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Yigal Antebi (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Dani Bodarv (Hapoel Tel Aviv).

Midfielders: Yossi Benayoun (West Ham United), Walid Badir (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Salim Toamah (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Gal Alberman (Beitar Jerusalem), Yaniv Katan (Maccabi Haifa) Idan Tal (Bolton Wanderers), Omer Golan (Maccabi Petah Tikva).

Forwards: Elyaniv Barda (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Amit Ben Shushan (Beitar Jerusalem), Pini Balili (Sivaspor), Roberto Colautti (Maccabi Haifa), Toto Tamuz (Beitar Jerusalem), Ben Sahar (Chelsea).

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