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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 20:18 GMT
England make shock calls
SWEDEN V ENGLAND
Jermain Defoe
Date: Wednesday 31 March
Venue: Ullevi Stadium. Gothenburg
Kick-off: 1945 BST
Live: BBC Five Live and this website
Highlights: BBC One, Wednesday, 2325 BST
Jlloyd Samuel, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermain Defoe, Robert Green and Alan Thompson are in the England squad for the friendly in Sweden on Wednesday.

The five newcomers all get their chance to impress in the last England party before the Euro 2004 squad is named.

Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard are all rested for the game.

Michael Owen is also missing because of injury, while there are doubts against David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

Manchester City attacking midfielder Wright-Phillips, 22, wins a first call after an impressive run of form this season.

He said: "I'm naturally delighted. It's fantastic news - a dream come true. "I have some good friends in the squad in David James and Jermain Defoe and am really pleased that he has been called up too."

Wright-Phillips sustained calf and ankle injuries in Manchester City's goalless draw with Fulham but will join up with the squad.

Norwich keeper Green was also called into the squad along with Ian Walker as cover, while Celtic midfielder Thompson received his first call-up and Scott Parker was recalled.

Green said: "Long term it is in your mind, but when it comes, if it comes, it is completely out of your own control.

"It is a big step. It is a big enough step from the First Division to the Premier League but the international step is massive.

"But if I can't believe it then no-one will and I believe I can do it. There are lot of big names there and it is a great experience for me."

Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel did enough in a goal-scoring display seen by Eriksson at Charlton to earn a first call-up, while Ledley King's injury let in team-mate Anthony Gardner as Matthew Upson missed out.






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