posted on Aug, 31 2003 @ 06:05 PM
Sven-Goran Eriksson called up Rio Ferdinand into his England squad on Sunday night despite doubts over the £30 million defender's fitness, but
accepted that Paul Scholes has to miss the Euro 2004 qualifiers against Macedonia and Liechtenstein.
Scholes has been ruled out for about a month by Sir Alex Ferguson due to a hernia problem, potentially even making him a doubt for England's final
group game in Turkey on October 11.
Ferdinand, meanwhile, also missed United's 1-0 defeat at Southampton due to a kidney complaint and is due to see a specialist on Wednesday.
However, Eriksson is confident he will recover in time to face Macedonia next Saturday and therefore called him into a 24-man squad, which also sees
recalls for Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney and Ian Walker.
Jonathan Woodgate and Darius Vassell are both ruled out through injury, but there is still no place for Gareth Southgate, while goalkeeper Chris
Kirkland drops down to play in the Under-21 side.
Squad: James (West Ham), Robinson (Leeds), Walker (Leicester); P Neville (Man Utd), G Neville (Man Utd), A Cole (Arsenal), Bridge (Chelsea), Mills
(Leeds), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Campbell (Arsenal), Terry (Chelsea); Beckham (Real Madrid), Lampard (Chelsea), J Cole (Chelsea), Hargreaves (Bayern
Munich), Butt (Man Utd), Dyer (Newcastle), Murphy (Liverpool), Gerrard (Liverpool), Sinclair (Man City); Owen (Liverpool), Heskey (Liverpool), Beattie
(Southampton), Rooney (Everton).