Gab gets a Fab boost
By Villa reporter
Sunday 04 Oct 2009 21:34:00
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Gabby Agbonlahor has been rewarded for scoring in five successive games with a call-up to Fabio Capello’s England squad.

It is a massive boost for the striker ahead of Monday’s big game at home to Manchester City. But there is no place for Ashley Young.

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Capello resisted the temptation to experiment before next year's finals, making only minor changes to the squad that beat Croatia 5-1 in September.

England, unbeaten in their group and through with two games to spare, travel to Ukraine on October 10 and host Belarus four days later.

Ex-Villa goalkeeper David James returns after injury for the first time since April in place of Manchester United's Ben Foster.

In-form Agbonlahor replaces Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe who has a hand injury.

Agbonlahor, who has scored in each of his last five games for Villa, is picked ahead of Darren Bent, who has scored seven goals in eight appearances since joining Sunderland in the summer.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Robert Green (West Ham United), David James (Portsmouth), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers).

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Manchester City), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham United).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).

Forwards: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

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