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Terry leads England - despite police probe

For some, the biggest surprise inclusion in the England squad was the captain. John Terry’s alleged racist abuse of Anton Ferdinand is being investigated by the police and the FA, but Fabio Capello, in consultation with FA bosses, has adopted the "innocent until proven guilty" line, and picked the Chelsea defender.

Given that, by Capello’s admission, Terry is unlikely to play much part in the friendlies against Spain and Sweden, his inclusion in the squad looks like a deliberate gesture of support. By contrast Ferdinand’s elder brother Rio has been left out, because of his club form. After Terry’s hapless showing against Arsenal recently, there is a case to be made for his exclusion on similar grounds.

Otherwise the squad includes several names that should be England regulars of the future, after Capello’s departure next summer. The Ipswich goalkeeper David Stockdale is included in the party. The other uncapped players are Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea, Jack Rodwell of Everton and Kyle Walker of Tottenham.

England fans might be a little nervous of the the manager’s plans to field an experimental side against the world and European champions Spain. Capello sees it as a useful opportunity to try out some new options. He is particularly interested in Sturridge.

"He's an interesting player and a player who scores goals,” said Capello, who is looking at potential replacements for Wayne Rooney, if UEFA uphold the Manchester United striker’s suspension for the European Championship finals. "I've seen him play right wing, left and centre-forward. He has improved a lot."

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