Kieran Gibbs has been selected for England duty for the first time in 11 months and joins fellow Gunners Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck in the Roy Hodgson’s squad to face San Marino next week.
The Three Lions take on the European minnows next Thursday at Wembley as they look to build on their Euro 2016 qualification win against Switzerland last month.
Gibbs has only three caps to his name after making his England bow over four years ago against Hungary but was tipped this week by Arsene Wenger to emulate the achievements and consistency of predecessor Ashley Cole. Gibbs’ inclusion in the England squad comes at the expense of Luke Shaw who drops to the under-21s.
“Kieran would have been with us more had injury not prevented it,” said Hodgson of the decision. “We’re happy to bring him back.”
Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson have also been included in Gareth Southgate’s strong under-21 squad as they take on Croatia in the first leg of their Euro 2015 qualification play-off next Friday. Further down the pecking order Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom are in England under-20s squad for game against Germany.
Full England squad
Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), John Stones (Everton)
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal)
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