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John Terry included in England squad

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England coach Fabio Capello picked under-pressure captain John Terry and omitted Wayne Rooney for friendly matches against Spain and Sweden at Wembley.

With Terry being investigated over allegations he racially abused an opponent, Capello says he will rest the Chelsea defender against the world champions on Saturday but wants him available three days later.

Capello left out Rooney to test out alternatives to the Manchester United striker, who is suspended for the start of England's European Championship campaign next year. Capello instead picked Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor, but left out Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

Sturridge and Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell were given their first call-ups.

With Liverpool defender Glen Johnson returning from injury, Capello left United's Rio Ferdinand and Manchester City's Micah Richards out of the squad.

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  • Should John Terry have been chosen by Fabio Capello?
    • Yes, controversy's overblown
    • Yes, innocent until proven guilty
    • No, wait for it all to blow over
    • No, England needs to move on

England squad

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David Stockdale (Ipswich).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham).

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