Ferdinand overlooked for post-Terry England squad
WEMBLEY, England (AP) -- Rio Ferdinand was overlooked as John Terry's replacement in the England squad Thursday, with uncapped center back Ryan Shawcross receiving his second international call-up.
England coach Roy Hodgson kept Ferdinand out of the squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, a day after revealing to London Underground passengers that the 33-year-old Manchester United defender wasn't in his plans.
But while Ferdinand has started United's recent Champions League and Premier League games, center back Joleon Lescott retains his place in the England squad despite being dropped for key Manchester City matches this season.
Hodgson's options in central defense have been reduced after Terry quit England duty last month before he was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton.
Ahead of the European Championship in June, Hodgson insisted that Rio Ferdinand was not selected for "football reasons,'' rather than his differences with Terry. Ferdinand made the last of his 81 England appearances in June 2011.
Shawcross will be hoping to make his England debut after the Stoke captain was called up by former England coach Fabio Capello in 2010 but did not play. Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka are the other center backs in the squad.
Strikers Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll return after being injured for the first two qualifiers last month - a victory over Moldova and a draw with Ukraine.
England hosts San Marino, which is at the bottom of the FIFA rankings, on Oct. 12 at Wembley Stadium before playing at Poland on Oct. 16.
In Warsaw, left back Ashley Cole could make his 100th England appearance. Kieran Gibbs, who made two appearances in friendlies in 2010, has been drafted in as cover for Cole, taking Ryan Bertrand's place in the squad.
The only player based outside England in the 25-man squad is goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who has received his first England call up. The Celtic player is likely to be behind John Ruddy and first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart.
In midfield, Aaron Lennon is back in contention after helping Tottenham rise to fifth in the Premier League.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
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