Updated: Wednesday, 26th February 2020 @ 2:34pm

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott called up for England friendly as injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulls out

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott called up for England friendly as injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulls out

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City now have four players in England’s squad after Joleon Lescott was called up to replace the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 18-year-old Arsenal winger is suffering from an ankle problem and pulled out of Roy Hodgson’s side – joining City’s Joe Hart and Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge on the injured list.

But defender Lescott – who scored England’s opening Euro 2012 goal against France in June – was called into the squad as cover and trained with the Three Lions today.

After hearing the news, the 29-year-old Tweeted: “Was happy to be woken up by my phone this morning, phone call to say I've been called up to the England squad for Wednesday's game.”

Hodgson’s men travel to Switzerland to face Italy in a friendly tie and Manchester United’s surprise inclusion Michael Carrick could play alongside Frank Lampard as City’s Gareth Barry recovers from an operation.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

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