7 Nov 2011

Man United pair left out of England squad

11:18 am on 7 November 2011

The Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have been left out of England's squad for the forthcoming football friendlies against Spain and Sweden at Wembley.

As expected, England captain John Terry was included despite allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

But coach Fabio Capello decided not to select Rooney as he needs to look at other attacking options ahead of Euro 2012 following the striker's three-match ban for a red card against Montenegro.

Rooney hopes to have the ban reduced on appeal, but he will definitely miss at least two group matches, so Capello has handed a first call-up to Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, while there is also a recall for in-form Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Sturridge, 22, has scored five goals for Chelsea this season and started Sunday's win at Blackburn.

Agbonlahor hasn't played for England since 2009 but his presence means no place for Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, who has endured an inconsistent start to the campaign.