Steven Caulker, the Tottenham central defender has been called up for the England squad for next week’s friendly international against Sweden in Stockholm. The 21 year old was in the GB Olympic squad and played in every match. He then joined the full England squad for the friendly against Italy in August but didn’t get a game. He has been a regular for Tottenham since coming on as a half-time substitute in the match against Queen’s Park Rangers when Jan Vertonghen moved to the left back position. After a season on loan with Swansea City last season, Caulker has been very impressive at the heart of the Spurs defence, partnering William Gallas in the Premier League games and Michael Dawson in European and Capital One Cup ties. He scored his first goal in the match against Aston Villa when Jermain Defoe’s shot struck him and was deflected into the net.
Roy Hodgson has also selected Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon for the friendly but Jermain Defoe has been omitted.
Last month Lennon was impressive in his first appearance for England since the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. He came on as an early substitute against San Marino but was not used in the following game in Poland. Lennon has had one of his best periods for Spurs in the early part of this season under Andre villas-Boas. Kyle Walker made a sparkling international debut last season against Sweden at Wembley, winning the Man of the Match award. His form this season has not been as consistent as he looks to build on last season but he made his first competitive appearance for England against San Marino.