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Hammers duo get the nod

Filed: Saturday, 8th February 2003
By: Graeme Howlett

David James and Joe Cole have both been named in Sven Goran Eriksson's latest England squad, which faces Australia at Upton Park next week.

James - who Eriksson announced tonight would start the game which takes place this coming Wednesday (February 12th) - is joined once again by Joe Cole, West Ham's most consistent performer this season who had been omitted from recent squads.

However there was no call-up for the in-form Jermain Defoe; Erikkson rather strangely preferring Everton's 17-year-old Wayne Rooney, Southampton's James Beattie and Arsenal's Francis Jeffers - a player who has barely featured in the Gunner's first team this season.

Hammers new boy Lee Bowyer also failed to make the final cut, although he would have been unavailable due to an ankle injury.

Full England squad:

Goalkeepers: David James (West Ham), Paul Robinson (Leeds), Richard Wright (Everton)

Defenders: Gary Neville (Man Utd), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Mills (Leeds), Konchesky (Charlton), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Campbell (Arsenal), King (Tottenham), Brown (Man Utd), Upson (Birmingham)

Midfielders: Beckham (Man Utd), Scholes (Man Utd), Lampard (Chelsea), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Dyer (Newcastle), Jenas (Newcastle), Davis (Fulham), Parker (Charlton), Murphy (Liverpool), Joe Cole (West Ham)

Strikers: Owen (Liverpool), Rooney (Everton), Beattie (Southampton), Vassell (Aston Villa), Jeffers (Arsenal).

Defoe instead joins team-mate Michael Carrick in David Platt's under-21's; they face Italy in Carrera on Tuesday night (February 11th).

England under-21 squad:

Goalkeepers: Lee Grant (Derby County); Matt Murray (Wolves)

Defenders: Matthew Taylor (Portsmouth); Gareth Barry (Aston Villa); Peter Clarke (Everton); Joleon Lescott (Wolves); Jlloyd Samuel (Aston Villa); Michael Dawson (Nottm Forest); James McEveley (Blackburn)

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (West Ham); Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City); Jermaine Pennant (Arsenal); David Prutton (Southampton); Kevin Nolan (Bolton); Darren Ambrose (Ipswich)

Strikers: Jermain Defoe (West Ham); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle); Darren Bent (Ipswich); Bobby Zamora (Brighton).

* Don Hutchison was called up to Bertie Vogts latest Scotland squad earlier in the week. He is due to make his comeback when the Scots face the Republic of Ireland - themselves featuring West Ham's Gary Breen - in Glasgow next Wednesday night. Don is joined in the squad by Hammers team-mate Christian Dailly.

Full Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers: Robert Douglas (Celtic); Paul Gallacher (Dundee United); Neil Sullivan (Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Graham Alexander (Preston North End); Russell Anderson (Aberdeen); Steven Caldwell (Newcastle United); Christian Dailly (West Ham United); Robert Malcolm (Rangers); Steven Pressley (Heart of Midlothian); Maurice Ross (Rangers)

Midfielders: Colin Cameron (Wolverhampton W.); Scot Gemmill (Everton); Jackie McNamara (Celtic); Paul Devlin (Birmingham City); Barry Ferguson (Rangers); Paul Lambert (Celtic); Gary Naysmith (Everton); Jamie Smith (Celtic)

Strikers: Stephen Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic); Scott Dobie (West Bromwich Albion); Don Hutchison (West Ham United); Kevin Kyle (Sunderland); Neil McCann (Rangers); Kenny Miller (Wolverhampton W.); Steven Thompson (Rangers)

Freddie Kanoute - sent off in disgrace for the Hammers at Leeds earlier today - was called up to the full French last week.

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