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Wilshere back in England squad

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been recalled to the England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden in Stockholm.

Wilshere has not featured for his country since making his fifth appearance against Switzerland in June 2011.

He has only just returned after 16 months out through injury and Arsene Wenger had cautioned against him being propelled straight back into the international arena.

However, Roy Hodgson has opted to select Wilshere anyway.

It is the stand-out pick in a squad that includes Everton's Leon Osman for the first time, and will be skippered by Steven Gerrard, who will win his 100th cap.

Also included are Liverpool duo Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling.

Jermain Defoe, Andy Carroll and Michael Carrick have not been included but they remain part of Hodgson's plans with the former West Brom boss simply choosing to look at other options.

Ashley Young returns from injury at the expense of Sunderland's out-of-form winger Adam Johnson while Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson will be added to the squad as long as he receives FIFA clearance in time.

Hodgson says Jenkinson has committed himself to England but he requires clearance because he has represented Finland at Under-21 level.

The squad will meet up on Sunday and train in Manchester ahead of travelling to Stockholm for the game, which is the official opening of the new Friends Arena in the Swedish capital.

Wilshere made his first senior appearance for club or country since June 2011 when he started against QPR on October 27. His return is a welcome one for Hodgson, with the 20-year-old set to be a key performer for England for years to come in midfield if he stays fit.

Sterling has impressed for Liverpool this season and the 17-year-old was a late call-up for the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine at Wembley in September, but failed to make it off the bench even though England struggled for openings before finally claiming a draw.

Osman's first call-up comes at the age of 31, having played a key part in Everton's encouraging start to the Premier League season.