Roy Hodgson forced to make major changes for England

Hodgson forced to make major changes
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Roy Hodgson calls up Wilfried Zaha, Carl Jenkinson and Tom Huddlestone to the senior England squad to face Sweden after a number of high-profile withdrawals.

England manager Roy Hodgson has been forced to make major changes to his squad to play Sweden on Wednesday after a number of high-profile withdrawals.

Five regular internationals have pulled out of the Three Lions squad after suffering injuries on Premier League duty this weekend.

Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Jonjo Shelvey, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon are all unavailable to face the Swedes.

Jermaine Defoe and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also suffering with knocks and were deemed unfit for selection, forcing Hodgson to call on some unfamiliar names.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is a surprise inclusion, earning a senior call after some sparkling displays in the Championship this season.

Carl Jenkinson is included for the first time after committing his international future to England last month.

Tom Huddlestone is also included for the first time since since 2010 under Fabio Capello.

Hodgson faces a challenge to blend youth and experience for the midweek trip to Stockholm.

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