The livewire striker just missed out on Euro 2004 but finds himself in Sven Goran Eriksson's first squad after the championships.
Paul Robinson and Ledley King - who both made the final cut for Portugal in the summer - are also named in a 24-man squad.
The 24-man England squad to face Ukraine at St James' Park on Wednesday August 18 is as follows:
James (Man City), Robinson (Tottenham), Kirkland (Liverpool); G Neville (Man Utd), G Johnson (Chelsea), A Cole (Arsenal), Bridge (Chelsea); Terry (Chelsea), King (Tottenham), Carragher (Liverpool), Upson (Birmingham); Beckham (Real Madrid), Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Dyer (Newcastle), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Butt (Newcastle), Wright-Phillips (Man City), Jenas (Newcastle); Owen (Real Madrid), Heskey (Birmingham), Vassell (Aston Villa), Defoe (Tottenham), Smith (Man Utd).
Jermain Defoe celebrated his equaliser against Liverpool on Saturday with a call into the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Ukraine.