Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been recalled to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Ferdinand hasn’t featured for England since Roy Hodgson took over from Fabio Capello, with his last Three Lions cap coming against Switzerland in June 2011.
Hodgson cited 'footballing reasons' for his controversial decision to omit Ferdinand from his Euro 2012 squad, a move which avoided a potential conflict with John Terry, who had been accused of racially abusing his younger brother, Anton.
But, having been in outstanding form for United this season, and with Terry now retired, the 34-year-old has been handed the chance to add to his 81 caps.
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster is back in the squad after his recent announcement that he is available for international selection again, while there are also call-ups for Tottenham duo Michael Dawson and Scott Parker.
England play San Marino on Friday, March 22, before travelling to Montenegro three days later for a clash would is likely to decide the winner of Group H.
England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro:
Foster (West Brom), Hart (Manchester City), Forster (Celtic); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Dawson (Tottenham), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Johnson (Liverpool), Smalling (Manchester United), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Milner (Manchester City), Osman (Everton), Parker (Tottenham), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Manchester United); Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United).