Rio Ferdinand left out of England squad for Montenegro

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been left out of England's squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro on Friday.

Liverpool's Andy Carroll, Fulham's Bobby Zamora and Manchester United's Danny Welbeck are among the forwards, with no place for Jermain Defoe.

Fit-again Steven Gerrard is not risked after a recent groin problem.

England need only a point from Friday's match to qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine next summer.

Ferdinand returned from a hamstring injury suffered on the opening day of the league season at West Bromwich Albion to play in his club's matches against Stoke and Basel towards the end of September.

He was a substitute against Norwich at the weekend but had hoped he had done enough to be selected by England manager Fabio Capello.

However, Gary Cahill retains his place following accomplished displays alongside skipper John Terry in the victories against Bulgaria and Wales last month.

And with highly rated Manchester United defender Phil Jones also included, there is no place for 32-year-old former captain Ferdinand, who won the first of his 81 caps in 1997.

United attacker Ashley Young is selected despite being left out against Norwich to rest an ankle injury.

Zamora, who scored the sixth goal in Fulham's demolition of QPR on Sunday, has made only one previous international appearance, against Hungary in August 2010.

After being sidelined for five months by a broken leg, the 30-year-old former Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham forward was picked as a substitute for the June qualifier with Switzerland but did not play.

Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker is recalled after impressing England coach Fabio Capello with a wholehearted display in Sunday's north London derby, culminating in a 25-yard drive for the winning goal in a 2-1 victory for Spurs.

Capello has promised that his side will not set out to earn a draw in Montenegro, insisting they will aim to take all three points.

"If you play for a draw it is a big mistake, you are defending a result and it is easy then to make silly or stupid mistakes," he told FATVexternal-link.

"We need to go to win in Montenegro and not to play for a draw."

England squad: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Man City), David Stockdale (Ipswich); Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Micah Richards (Man City), John Terry (captain, Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham); Gareth Barry (Man City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Man Utd); Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)

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