Date: 4th October 2012 at 1:15pm
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Roy Hodgson has recalled Aaron Lennon to the England squad to face San Marino and Poland in the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

Lennon joins Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker in Hodgson’s twenty-five man squad, though it will effectively be 23, with Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson both being suspended for next Fridays game against San Marino. Lennon hasn’t featured for England since the 2010 World Cup, but the mix of his own return to form and fitness, and the opposite for a few of his rivals, make’s for a welcome international return for Lennon, though he faces a tough battle to get a game, with James Milner, Theo Walcott, Adam Johnson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all probably ahead of him in the current pecking order.

Yesterday we saw, Steven Caulker, Adam Smith, Danny Rose and a first call for Andros Townsend for the U-21s and their play-off double headed against Serbia, and we would have expected harry Kane to boost the Spurs number, should he have not been injured.

Some speculated that Michael Dawson could have made a surprise return to the England squad following the retirement of John Terry, but Hodgson has opted for Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, which seems sensible considering Daws has only faced Carlisle and a couple of minutes against Man Utd at the weekend, which is hardly enough to justify his selection over Shawcross, though it has to be said the options were rather limited…