The England Manager believes he has a good blend in his squad
England Manager Roy Hodgson has one eye on the future after selecting a squad to face San Marino and Poland that includes several fresh faces.
Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross has been called up in the absence of John Terry, who has retired from international football, while Tottenham's Aaron Lennon, who hasn't played for England since June 2010, is back in the squad.
West Ham's Andy Carroll returns after injury and Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, who has only two caps, is also included.
Explaining his selections, Hodgson said: "Shawcross is a player that has impressed me, not only in the past couple of years but certainly the start of this season.
"He deserves a call-up and a chance to show how he can compete with the others.
"Aaron has played very well this season too. In fact against Lazio he led the Tottenham team out.
“It is not just me who sees qualities in him - Tottenham must see a lot of qualities as well. He is another player I have not had chance to see at close hand. It is a while since he played in the team.
"That doesn't preclude anyone from being chosen in the future. He has a chance now over the next week or ten days to impress upon us that in the wide positions, where we have a lot of options, he is the best one to choose.
"Until you give someone a chance they don't have the chance."
Carroll, currently on loan at the Hammers from Liverpool, was chosen ahead of Peter Crouch even though he has only recently returned from injury. But Hodgson backed his decision to start the Upton Park hitman.
He said: "On this occasion, with Andy Carroll available – I selected him.
“He played 23 minutes including injury time this week and I am expecting him to play more minutes on Saturday against Arsenal, either from the start or coming on.
"He has another week after that so I don't think there is any reason for me to question his fitness.
"As a result, in choosing him to be in the squad and being faithful to the players who have been with us so far and looking to the future with a younger player, there is no reason for me to have Peter as well.
“Both of them are not going to play together because they are similar types."
However, Hodgson admits he will still be relying on some of his veteran stars to ease his new generation of stars into the first-team set-up.
He said: “We have a lot of experience in the team.
“Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are the captain and vice-captain and we have people like Michael Carrick, Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson so we have quite a lot of experienced players in the team.
“I think everyone would agree with me that in Scott Parker and Gerrard we’ve got two leader-type figures there who both regularly captain their teams.
“Who knows what team we’re going to have in two years’ time and who knows which of these younger players are going to emerge as leaders.
“We can only hope that there will be one or two who are in the early stages of their Premier League and international careers.
“But we’ve also got to hope that they will emerge with the same leadership qualities as the likes of Steven and Frank.”
The squad will meet up on Monday at St. George’s Park prior to Friday’s match with San Marino at Wembley. Tickets are still available for the match by clicking here.