Sunderland’s Johnson in England squad

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FIT-AGAIN Adam Johnson was today named by Roy Hodgson in his England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Easington-born Johnson proved his fitness after a thigh injury with a fine display in Sunderland’s first Premier League win of the season against Wigan last weekend.

Hodgson has also named Ryan Shawcross, Kieran Gibbs and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster in his 25.

With John Terry now retired from international football, there had been plenty of speculation about who the fourth central defender would be.

Tottenham’s Steven Caulker seemed like the obvious choice but he was named in Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 squad yesterday, so Stoke’s Shawcross has been picked for only the second time, having failed to win a cap when he was chosen for the friendly against Egypt by Fabio Capello in March 2010.

England squad: Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich), Forster (Celtic); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), Lescott (Manchester City), Shawcross (Stoke), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Johnson (Sunderland), Lennon (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Walcott (Arsenal); Carroll (West Ham, on loan from Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Welbeck (Manchester United).