Reading 'keeper gets first England senior call for Ireland and Brazil games
Roy Hodgson has named his England squad for the upcoming double-header with Republic of Ireland and Brazil and has called up Reading's Alex McCarthy for the first time.
The Royals stopper, who has previous international experience at Under-21s level, comes in after impressive displays at the Madejski Stadium. He joins other 'keepers Joe Hart and Ben Foster on the 22-man list.
"As you know, Jack Butland came with us to the Euros and we have not had a lot of chance to use him because the Under-21s are preparing for the tournament in Israel," explained Hodgson.
"This will be a good chance to bring him in and to see how he copes with being in a senior squad.
"He deserves it as he has been doing really well. I haven't had a chance to speak to him but we made the decision quite a few days ago.
"I hope he is very happy and I am hoping to spend some time with him when we meet up. It's important for these young guys to show what they can do."
Liverpool's in-form striker Daniel Sturridge is included in the squad, too, alongside the Reds' on-loan forward Andy Carroll.
Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole, fresh from Europa League success with Chelsea, are also in Hodgson's line-up for the games at Wembley on 29 May and in Rio on 2 June.
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England squad in full
Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker
Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott
Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck