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31/01/2013 14:08, Report by Adam Marshall

Smalling in England squad

Chris Smalling has been recalled to the England squad for the upcoming friendly with Brazil.

The defender is one of five Reds in Roy Hodgson's plans for the Wembley fixture next Wednesday, 6 February, and returns to the fold after an absence of around 11 months, largely due to injury.

Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are included as midfield options with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck among four strikers chosen by Hodgson.

The prestigious clash is part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Squad: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City); Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Chris Smalling (United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham); Michael Carrick (United), Tom Cleverley (United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Man City), Leon Osman (Everton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal); Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (United).

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