No room for North East players in England squad for Scotland friendly

England training at St George's Park
England training at St George's Park

Roy Hodgson has handed a first England call-up to Rickie Lambert ahead of next Wednesday’s Teenage Cancer Trust International against Scotland at Wembley.

The 31-year-old Southampton striker bagged 15 Premier League goals last season and forms a forward quartet with Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, who featured for the Under-21s at Euro 2013 this summer, is also in the 25-man squad and has the chance to add to the senior cap earned against Sweden in November.

Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere also return to the squad having missed the games at the end of last campaign against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Wednesday’s game is the first time the two nations have met since 1999 in their Euro 2000 play-off.

The squad:


Ben Foster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy


Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker


Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere


James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha,


Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck