Jack Wilshere has been included in Roy Hodgson’s provisional England squad for Euro 2016.
The midfielder, who only made his first start of the season for Arsenal in yesterday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa, has been given the nod.
After nine months sidelined by an ankle problem Wilshere, 24, now has 26 days, and three friendlies, to further improve his fitness before the Three Lions take on Russia in their opening Group B fixture with Russia at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
Despite contributing during the qualification campaign serious injuries to Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled them out of contention.
Theo Walcott, currently nursing a minor hamstring problem, had been tipped as a possible attacking option but has been overlooked in favour of Newcastle’s one-legged Andros Townsend and Manchester United teen, Marcus Rashford.
Kieran Gibbs, who lost his place in the Arsenal first team to Nacho Monreal, has also been left at home.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, Tom Heaton
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Rose, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy