Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has been
called up to the England squad
upcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Rodwell, 22, has suffered an injury-affected
first season at Etihad Stadium
but scored a double in
Sunday's 3-2 defeat against Norwich.
He has been drafted in as Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley may not be able to take part in the games.
11 March 1991
2007-2012 (85 appearances)
- Manchester City:
2012-present day (15 appearances)
- England caps:
England host the Republic on 29 May before playing Brazil in Rio on 2 June.
Rodwell has two England caps, but has not played for the senior side since starting the
1-0 friendly win against Sweden in November 2011.
He has featured in
only 15 games this season
since making the
switch from Everton last summer,
after suffering a number of hamstring problems.
Rodwell missed more than three months of action with the same complaint before he came on as a late substitute in the 1-0 FA Cup victory against Stoke on 26 January.
He was then forced out of action again on 4 March after being taken off on 25 minutes in a
1-0 victory against Aston Villa.
With Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard both absent through injury, Rodwell joins Cleverley, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and club-mate James Milner as the only orthodox central midfielders in manager Roy Hodgson's squad.