Chelsea captain John Terry was among the 24 players named to the England soccer squad which opens qualifying for the 2014 World Cup next week.
Terry faces a Football Association hearing after being accused of using a racial slur against QPR’s Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League game last October, a charge he denies. The defender was cleared in a London court in July of racially abusing Ferdinand.
England manager Roy Hodgson has recalled Terry to the squad for qualifiers in Moldova on Sept. 7 and at home against Ukraine four days later after leaving him out of an exhibition win over Italy on Aug. 15.
QPR goalkeeper Robert Green was dropped after serving as a backup to Joe Hart for this summer’s European Championship, replaced by Norwich’s John Ruddy, who played against Italy. Birmingham’s Jack Butland also remains in reserve to Hart.
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker was recalled after missing Euro 2012 with a broken toe, with Manchester United winger Ashley Young left out after playing at the Euros and against Italy.
ENGLAND SQUAD ============= Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich). Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham). Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal). Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
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