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Capello recalls Crouch and Lennon

Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon
Crouch and Lennon both scored for Spurs against Birmingham on Saturday

England coach Fabio Capello has recalled Spurs pair Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon for the Slovenia friendly and World Cup qualifier versus Croatia.

The duo were omitted from the squad that recently drew with Holland, but return after some fine club displays.

Manchester United defender Wes Brown was also recalled, while Liverpool's Steven Gerrard returns after injury.

But once again England's Italian coach could find no place in the squad for Manchester United striker Michael Owen.

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle striker, who last played for England in March 2008, has started just once for Manchester United this season.

Injuries prevented Capello from including two veteran internationals in Portsmouth's David James, who has bone bruising, while Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is also not yet fit enough to return as he recovers from a thigh injury.

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is also unavailable again as he has not played yet this season because of a back injury, meaning Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips, James Milner, David Beckham and Ashley Young provide the wing options.

England play Slovenia at Wembley at 1730 BST on Saturday, 5 September ahead of the key qualifier against Croatia at the same venue at 2000 BST on Wednesday, 9 September.

Victory for Capello's men in the latter will confirm their presence at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


England squad for 5 September friendly against Slovenia and the 9 September World Cup qualifier against Croatia:

Goalkeepers: Foster (Manchester United), Green (West Ham), Robinson (Blackburn)

Defenders: Johnson (Liverpool), Brown (Manchester United), Upson (West Ham), Terry (Chelsea, capt), Lescott (Manchester City), A Cole (Chelsea), Bridge (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Lennon (Tottenham), Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Barry (Manchester City), Lampard (Chelsea), Carrick (Manchester United), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Young (Aston Villa), Milner (Aston Villa)

Strikers: Rooney (Manchester United), Heskey (Aston Villa), Defoe (Tottenham), C Cole (West Ham), Crouch (Tottenham).



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see also
Spurs suffer Modric injury blow
30 Aug 09 |  Tottenham
Tottenham 2-1 Birmingham
29 Aug 09 |  Premier League
Netherlands 2-2 England
12 Aug 09 |  Internationals
England 2-1 Ukraine
01 Apr 09 |  Internationals
England 4-0 Slovakia
28 Mar 09 |  Internationals


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