Manchester City star Jack Rodwell has been added to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Rodwell, 22, has endured an injury-stricken start to his City career since signing for £12 million from Everton and started just six games all season.
But the midfielder – who has previously won two England caps – returned to form in the last month, including scoring twice against Norwich City on Sunday.
Speaking after that game, Rodwell told the club website: “It’s hard for me to come back and just feel 100%.
“I feel like I need games – back-to-back games. I’m sure that’ll bring the best out of me.”
And with Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley reportedly set to miss the two friendlies, Hodgson has given Rodwell the chance to do just that.
With captain Steven Gerrard, of Liverpool, and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere also out injured, Rodwell and City team mate James Milner are two of just five orthodox midfielders in the squad.
They are joined by United duo Cleverley and Michael Carrick and Chelsea’s newly-crowned all-time top goalscorer Frank Lampard.
England face the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and then travel to 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil to play them in Rio five days later.
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