Green recalled to England side

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Robert Green was handed his first England cap since his World Cup disaster in Rustenburg as new manager Roy Hodgson included just four men who began the home defeat to Holland in February.

It appeared Green's international career was over when he made the catastrophic mistake that cost England victory against the United States two years ago. However, with Hodgson resting Joe Hart, he turned to his second-choice for Saturday's friendly in Norway, which marks his first game in charge.

Leighton Baines, Scott Parker, Ashley Young and new skipper Steven Gerrard - leading his country for the 16th time but the first as official captain - are the only players remaining from that 3-2 Dutch defeat.

With Chelsea's Champions League-winning contingent, plus Wayne Rooney, all given an additional week off, and Glen Johnson ruled out by injury along with Danny Welbeck, Hodgson was forced to select an experimental side.

Aside from Green, the most notable inclusion is Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, who has won his fourth England cap and has the chance to stake a claim for a starting spot in the Euro 2012 opener with France in Donetsk on June 11.

James Milner lines up alongside Parker and Gerrard in midfield, with Young and Stewart Downing in the wider roles.

Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka are paired together in central defence, just as they were for that momentous win over world champions Spain last November.

However, as Jagielka is only on Hodgson's standby list for this summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine, it seems certain the partnership would be short-lived.

England team: Green, Jones, Baines, Gerrard, Jagielka, Lescott, Milner, Parker, Carroll, Young, Downing.

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