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Posh keeper given England call-up

England coach Fabio Capello
Capello has called up Peterborough's Joe Lewis

England coach Fabio Capello has brought Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis into his squad after Chris Kirkland returned to Wigan due to a back injury.

The Football Association said Kirkland looks set to miss Wednesday's friendly against the United States after having muscle spasms in his back.

Lewis and Peterborough won promotion to League One this season.

The 20-year-old became Peterborough's record signing in January when he signed for 400,000 from Norwich.

"This is fantastic news for Joe and Peterborough United," Peterborough director of football Barry Fry told the club's official website.

"It will be a fantastic experience for him."

If Lewis makes his debut, he will join a small group of players including Johnny Byrne, Peter Taylor and Steve Bull who have played for England while plying their trade outside the top two divisions.

Meanwhile England manager Fabio Capello says he will have the final say whether Manchester United and Chelsea players will travel with England for the Trinidad & Tobago game.

Nine players involved in the Champions League final reported for England on Saturday ahead of Wednesday's match against the USA.

However, it remains unclear whether they will travel for the 1 June game.


Football Focus interview - Capello on upcoming friendlies

"I'll decide - if I want them to go then they'll go," he told the BBC in his first interview in English.

"We are one England team and we wear one England shirt," he added on Football Focus.

Elsewhere, Newcastle striker Michael Owen and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas have withdrawn from the forthcoming friendlies because of illness and injury.

Owen did not report for England duty on Friday due to a virus while Jenas is out with an ankle problem.

Owen's absence could give the likes of Dean Ashton and Gabriel Agbonlahor a chance to stake a place in the team.

David Beckham will report on Sunday after LA Galaxy's game with Kansas City on Saturday.

see also
Hart & Jagielka in England squad
11 May 08 |  Internationals
Saturday's show
21 May 08 |  Football Focus
Trinidad friendly given all-clear
24 May 08 |  Internationals
Capello free for USA preparation
21 May 08 |  Internationals
England failures puzzle Capello
28 Apr 08 |  Football
Posh break record to sign keeper
08 Jan 08 |  Peterborough


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