Updated: Aug. 13, 2005, 3:16 PM ET
Palace's Johnson named in England friendly squad
Sven-Goran Eriksson has included Andrew Johnson in his squad to face Denmark in next week's friendly in Copenhagen despite the striker's decision to stay in the Championship with Crystal Palace.
Before reassurances from Eriksson, Johnson had been worried that staying at Palace would endanger his England place and, if Peter Crouch had been fit, his fears may indeed have been realised.
However, with the Liverpool forward sidelined by injury, Eriksson included Johnson but left out Manchester United's Alan Smith from his four strikers in the 23-man England squad named on Saturday evening.
Kieron Dyer is also absent, with Eriksson having spoken to Graeme Souness and deemed the Newcastle midfielder not yet ready to be picked after playing only sporadically in pre-season following last season's hamstring injury.
Wes Brown has, meanwhile, joined Sol Campbell, Ledley King and Wayne Brige in being ruled out through injury, meaning a recall for Matthew Upson, while Robert Green has just edged out Chris Kirkland as the third-choice goalkeeper.
Smith has suffered partly from the stiff competition for places at Old Trafford and partly from Sir Alex Ferguson's desire to experiment with increasingly using him as a midfielder.
Although Eriksson is keen to observe that experiment, it has seemingly reinforced his view that Johnson, despite now playing in the Championship, is one of his leading five front-line forwards.
Eriksson is also keen to keep a close eye on Kirkland this season following his loan move to West Brom from Liverpool and he only just missed out on a place this time around.
With Kieran Richardson and Stewart Downing selected in the under-21 squad to give them further match experience, Michael Carrick retains his spot among the midfielders after impressing on the summer mini-tour of the United States.
And with Brown, King and Campbell all injured, Upson returns for the first time since withdrawing injured from the squad to face Holland at Villa Park in February, with Zat Knight, who made his senior debut in the US, therefore missing out.
Goalkeeper Scott Carson, who is in the Under-21 squad, and Luke Young are the other two players who featured on the summer mini-tour who have lost their places, while Emile Heskey misses out again.
Robinson (Tottenham), James (Man City), Green (Norwich), G Neville (Man Utd), G Johnson (Chelsea), A Cole (Arsenal), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Carragher (Liverpool), Upson (Birmingham), P Neville (Everton), Beckham (Real Madrid), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), J Cole (Chelsea), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Jenas (Newcastle), Carrick (Tottenham), Owen (Real Madrid), Rooney (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham), A Johnson (Crystal Palace)
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