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THREE LIONS

Posted on 31 January 2008  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas' fine form has been rewarded with a place in Fabio Capello's first England squad - one of three of our players named in a provisional 30-man squad for the friendly against Switzerland next Wednesday (February 6).

Jermaine Jenas' fine form has been rewarded with a place in Fabio Capello's first England squad - one of three of our players named in a provisional 30-man squad for the friendly against Switzerland next Wednesday (February 6).

The midfielder is joined in the squad by skipper Ledley King and recent arrival Jonathan Woodgate.

JJ played a starring role in our recent two-legged semi-final win over Arsenal in the Caring Cup, scoring in both legs and setting up another two goals in the 5-1 win at the Lane. He has 17 caps and last appeared for England against Estonia in June, 2007.

Ledley returns to the international stage after recovering from a knee injury. Like JJ, the last of Ledley's 19 caps came against Estonia in June, 2007 while Jonathan has been called-up by Capello just days after joining us and making an excellent debut against Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night. He has six caps to his name.

Earlier, Aaron Lennon was named in the U21 squad alongside Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara.

Capello said: "I have also worked very closely with Stuart Pearce on squad selection and there are some players like Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott and David Wheater who are with the Under-21s this time because they have a very important qualification game against Ireland on Tuesday.

"In the future these are players that could feature in the senior squad. I believe it is very important for everyone that the Under-21 team does well and I want to help them achieve success with Stuart.

"I will go to the Manchester City - Arsenal match on Saturday, while Franco Baldini will watch Tottenham - Manchester United before I name the final 23-man squad on Saturday."

England squad: Carson (Aston Villa), James (Portsmouth), Kirkland (Wigan); Bridge (Chelsea), Brown (Manchester United), A Cole (Chelsea), C Davies (Aston Villa), Ferdinand (Manchester United) G Johnson (Portsmouth), King (Tottenham), Lescott (Everton), Richards (Manchester City), Shorey (Reading), Upson (West Ham), Woodgate (Tottenham); Barry (Aston Villa), Bentley (Blackburn), Carrick (Manchester United), J Cole (Chelsea), Downing (Middlesbrough), Gerrard (Liverpool), Hargreaves (Manchester United), Jenas (Tottenham), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Young (Aston Villa); Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Crouch (Liverpool), Heskey (Wigan), Owen (Newcastle), Rooney (Manchester United).