Man City stars Gareth Barry Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner in England squad for World Cup qualifier in Wales. - Manchester City FC

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  • 21 March 2011 15:22
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

City quartet Gareth Barry Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner have joined up with the England squad for Saturday's European Championship qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.

Coach Fabio Capello has not drafted wingers Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adam Johnson this time around, while Micah Richards returns to skippering Stuart Pearce's Under-21s.

But there will be one other City player involved in the tie - Craig Bellamy, on long-term loan at Cardiff, has given up the Welsh captaincy but is recalled to the squad by new manager Gary Speed.

Yaya Toure's injury at Chelsea means he has not travelled to Ivory Coast to face Benin on Friday, but Roberto Mancini's squad are scattered far and wide on international duty.

Vincent Kompany's Belgium tackle Austria in Vienna on Friday before hosting Azerbaijan in midweek, while David Silva's Spain have a double-header against Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Aleks Kolarov will be up against Northern Ireland with Serbia in Belgrade before a midweek date with Estonia in Tallinn, and Nigel de Jong's Dutchmen face Hungary twice in five days.

Jerome Boateng is back in Germany for a qualifier with Kazahkstan in Kaiserslautern followed by a midweek friendly against Ausgtralia in Moenchengladbach.

Edin Dzeko has just one appointment for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the home qualifier against Romania, and is expected back at Carrington next Tuesday with most team-mates due on Thursday.

Captain Carlos Tevez has been spared a trip. He is exempted from Argentina's pair of friendlies - they face USA on the east coast followed by Costa Rica in midweek.

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