Gibbs, Huddlestone and Crouch set to be named in qualifier squad

Fabio Capello will turn to Fulham's emerging new goalkeeper David Stockdale when he names his England squad tomorrow for the start of the Euro 2012 qualification campaign against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Stockdale is 24 but has only broken into the Fulham first team this season because of Mark Schwarzer's back problems, augmented by the Australian's dispute with the club over his proposed move to Arsenal. Stockdale has played just three times in the Premier League for Fulham and has made only six senior appearances for the club.

Capello's first choice goalkeeper is now Joe Hart with Birmingham's Ben Foster as his understudy. However, Stockdale gets the nod as third-choice with the usual candidates unavailable. Robert Green requires an operation next week, Paul Robinson retired from international football this month and Chris Kirkland is going through a chronic loss of form with struggling Wigan Athletic.

Following on from his hat-trick against Young Boys in the Champions League qualifier second leg on Wednesday, Peter Crouch will be recalled to the squad having been left out by Capello for the friendly against Hungary this month. The squad will meet on Monday at their base in Hertfordshire and the first game against Bulgaria is at Wembley on Friday, a new slot for England games.

It is telling that Capello has switched England's final training session on Thursday before the game against Bulgaria to Wembley. The England manager has said before how the stadium can be intimidating for his own players. Switching the final session to Wembley is Capello's way of getting the players used to a venue that has not always been a happy home ground for them.

England crowds at the new stadium have not hesitated to boo their own players. Against Hungary this month John Terry and Ashley Cole were singled out and the team was booed off at half-time. Traditionally England use Arsenal's London Colney training ground, which has been designed to be completely private, for all their training sessions before Wembley internationals.

The following 10 days, finishing with a tough game away against Switzerland in Basle on Tuesday week, will be crucial to Capello's prospects of staying in the job. His relationship with the Football Association, who took five days in the summer to decide whether he should keep his job, will be placed under even greater strain if his team drop points.

Unless injuries change Capello's plans over the weekend there will be no call-up for Joe Cole who has had a difficult start to the season at Liverpool. Capello believes that Ashley Young and Adam Johnson offer more on the right wing although he has not altogether ruled out recalling Cole. Like Crouch, Cole found his chances at the World Cup in South Africa severely limited.

There was a discussion in the Capello camp about selecting the Newcastle striker Andy Carroll for the senior squad following his development with the under-21s and a hat-trick against Aston Villa. However, it was felt that Carroll would only be a back-up striker and would be more use to Stuart Pearce, the under-21s coach, whose team has European Championship qualifiers against Portugal and Lithuania on the same dates as the senior team's games.

The same goes for Jack Wilshere who, having been given his senior debut against Hungary, has been moved back down to the under-21s for next week because Pearce's need for the Arsenal midfielder is the greater. Fears remain over Ashley Cole's ankle problem however, so Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs will be selected in the senior squad as his understudy.

Wilshere's manager at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger said he was "surprised" his player was not in the full England squad. Wenger said: "If Capello wanted to select him and not to play him, it is maybe better he plays in the under-21s. But for me, he has done well. There are a lot of midfielders [in the England squad]. But it's a surprise because he was brought on and maybe he would have started in a friendly so he must have had a good impression of him."

There are still doubts over whether Jermain Defoe will still go ahead with his groin operation that is scheduled for Tuesday and would rule him out the England squad. In his absence, Capello anticipates that Wayne Rooney will be back. He is due to play for Manchester United against West Ham today having missed the Fulham game with a stomach complaint.

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 23, who has impressed this season and was watched by Capello at White Hart Lane in the win over Young Boys, is expected to be recalled. He made the provisional 30 for the World Cup but missed out on the final squad.

Q. Who is David Stockdale? A. England's latset reserve goalkeeper

Q How long has he been on England's radar?

Not long. He has played in both Fulham's league games this season and in their 6-0 win over Port Vale in the Carling Cup, in place of Mark Schwarzer. He kept a clean sheet against Bolton and he saved a penalty from Luis Nani in the second game of the season against Manchester United.

Q. Where did he come from?

He was born in Leeds but was developed at York City's academy. Darlington signed him and after his first season there – 2007-2008 – there was a lot of interest in him from Premier League clubs. While at York he was sent on loan to non-league clubs Wakefield, Emley and Worksop Town.

Q. How did Fulham get him?

Barry Simmonds, the chief scout at Fulham, had been at Darlington when they signed Stockdale from York. He and Mike Kelly, now Roy Hodgson's goalkeeping coach at Liverpool and formerly at Fulham, made sure that Fulham were first in the queue to sign Stockdale from Darlington. He made his Premier League debut against Everton last September.

Q. He is 25 next month – why has he not broken through earlier?

It is tough for goalkeepers at the top level. Only seven other Premier League clubs have Englishmen as their first-choice goalkeepers. Fulham loaned him out three times but Stockdale has been given his chance this season and in just two games he has made the England squad.

Q. Has he played for England at junior level?

No, but curiously he has played for the England National Game XI. That is the England team for non-league players. The team has run under various different guises over the years and other old boys who went on to be full England internationals include the former Arsenal favourite Alan Smith and Steve Guppy (who won one cap against Belgium in 1999).

Key Squad Decisions

In

Peter Crouch, Tottenham, striker

Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal, defender

Tom Huddlestone, Tottenham, midfielder

David Stockdale, Fulham, goalkeeper

Out

Joe Cole, Liverpool, midfielder

Jack Wilshere, Arsenal, midfielder

Arts and Entertainment
Joe Cocker performing on the Stravinski hall stage during the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2002
musicHe 'turned my song into an anthem', says former Beatle
News
Clarke Carlisle
sport
Sport
footballStoke City vs Chelsea match report
Arts and Entertainment
theatreThe US stars who've taken to UK panto, from Hasselhoff to Hall
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money
life + styleSales shopping tips and tricks from the experts
News
newsIt was due to be auctioned off for charity
News
Coca-Cola has become one of the largest companies in the world to push staff towards switching off their voicemails, in a move intended to streamline operations and boost productivity
peopleCoca-Cola staff urged to switch it off to boost productivity
Environment
Sir David Attenborough
environment... as well as a plant and a spider
Voices
'That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!'
voicesThe fight for marriage equality isn't over yet, says Siobhan Fenton
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there