Ahead of England's World Cup qualifiers next week with San Marino and Montenegro, five members of the Tottenham squad have been called up. Michael Dawson's immense dimension at the heart of Spurs' defense over the past few months sees him make a return to the England squad after a nearly two-year absence. Alongside him will be Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker, and Jermain Defoe. Parker makes his first appearance since his injury over the summer.
Walker will battle it out with Glen Johnson and Chris Smalling for the right back berth, while Lennon faces competition from Theo AWOLcott, Ashley Young, Ox, and James Milner on the right wing. Given his recent injury woes, I won't feel too bad if Lennon spends the international break on the bench.
Meanwhile in U-21 action, five of our youngsters have a chance to impress Stuart Pearce ahead of next summer's Euoropean Championship. Current Spurs Steven Caulker and Tom Carroll are in the 28-man squad, as are on-loan fullbacks Adam Smith and Danny Rose. Rounding out the group is QPR's man of the moment Andros Townsend.
Tom Carroll amazingly has yet to make an appearance for the U-21 squad, and could make his debut in the coming matches against Romania and Austria. He sees competition in the face of former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury, and the on-loan Chelsea duo of Josh McEachran, and 18 year-old phenom Nathaniel Chalobah. Oh, and has-been/never-was Jordan Henderson.
I expect all of Rose, Caulker, and Smith to see plenty of action, while Townsend may struggle to get in ahead of Raheem Sterling, Tom Ince, and Wilfried Zaha, even though in my opinion he's better than
all of them at least Sterling and Ince.
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster , Joe Hart, Fraser Forster.
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand , Glen Johnson, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Leon Osman, Scott Parker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young.
Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.
Goalkeepers: Ben Amos, Jack Butland, Declan Rudd, Jason Steele.