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Capello calls up Bothroyd in new-look squad

Fabio Capello has named an experimental England squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly with France, handing Jay Bothroyd, Andrew Carroll, Chris Smalling and Jordan Henderson their first international call-ups.

Although Newcastle striker Carroll and Sunderland midfielder Henderson had been heavily tipped for inclusion, it is more of a shock that Cardiff striker Bothroyd and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling have been selected.

Capello has largely opted to go with youth for the first of two friendlies before England's next competitive game, against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 26. And that would mean a return to Cardiff for Bothroyd he remains involved.

The 28-year-old has scored 15 goals in the Championship this season and not since David Nugent - then of Preston - scored in a 3-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona in March 2007 has a Championship player been capped by England.

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no_more_heroes2218d ago

Jay Bothroyd left Arsenal's youth academy because, according to him, Arsenal didn't care about youth and only cared about buying big names.

Oh how times have changed. I wonder what would have happened if he'd stayed...

kulka2218d ago

new blood lets see the results of this Capello revolution