LONDON: England coach Roy Hodgson has named an inexperienced squad for the friendly against Euro 2012 runners-up Italy on Wednesday, with only 10 players from his 23-man European Championship squad involved.
Captain Steven Gerrard, defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole and striker Wayne Rooney are excluded from the team, with Hodgson turning to younger players.
Ryan Bertrand, who made his first European appearance for Chelsea in the Champions League final in May, is called up for the first time, as are Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore of Tottenham.
Caulker, a central defender, played for Great Britain at the Olympics alongside Daniel Sturridge and Tom Cleverley, who are also involved.
Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Norwich, who was originally due to travel with the Euro 2012 squad before breaking his finger, returns to the squad, as does Kyle Walker, who also missed out on the summer tournament through injury.
Manchester United central midfielder Michael Carrick, who was reported to have told the FA that he no longer wished to be considered for international football with former coach Fabio Capello as coach, makes a return.
Carrick could partner Frank Lampard in the center against Italy. Lampard missed the European Championship after sustaining a thigh injury but he is reportedly in line to captain the side in the absence of Gerrard.
England plays Italy at the Stade de Suisse in Switzerland.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).