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FABIO Capello today named several players who did not play at the World Cup that he will look to in the near future.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the players who will be considered for squads during qualification for the European Championships in 2012.
Arsenal's 20-year-old left-back made a big impression last season. Before breaking a bone in his foot, the England Under-21 regular had been enjoying a good season covering for the injured Gael Clichy. Ashley Cole will be 31 by the time the European Championships come around and Gibbs may well be the man to take his position.
Dawson moved from Nottingham Forest to Tottenham at the age of 21. Since then he has overcome some initial concerns and established himself as a key player and defensive leader for Spurs. Still uncapped by England at senior level, he was called up as a replacement for the injured Rio Ferdinand at the World Cup and seems set for international duty soon.
Hargreaves was England's star performer in Germany at the previous World Cup. Following the tournament he moved to Manchester United but has since been beset by injuries. If he is finally over his knee problems, he could be a major asset in England's midfield during European qualification.
Wilshere has been well known in football circles since he was 15. Highlighted by Arsene Wenger as the jewel of Arsenal's current youth system, he played 14 games for Bolton on loan last season. A naturally left-footed winger, he has consistently played against older international opponents. He could be England's next star despite playing only three times for the Under-21s.
Agbonlahor has been a regular in the Aston Villa first team for four years. Last season he recorded his highest goal total yet, scoring 11 times in the league and 16 times in all competitions. His blazing speed and surprising power and aerial ability mean he is a nightmare for opposing defenders. He has three England caps already and seems primed to add to that total.
Johnson's star rose quickly after his move to Manchester City in January. After playing a key part in Manchester City's Champions League push and the Under-21s' run to the European Championship final, the left footer was considered by Capello for the World Cup squad. Despite failing to make the cut this time, it seems likely that Johnson has a bright future at international level.
Walcott was a shock exclusion from the World Cup squad. His play in qualification, including a vital hat-trick against Croatia, was thought to be enough to ensure his place. However, his poor club form and injury problems proved too great an obstacle and the winger stayed at home. Despite the setback, his sheer pace and ability makes it unlikely that his England career is over for good.
Zamora is the definition of a late bloomer. After a disappointing stint at Tottenham, he moved to West Ham and then to Fulham, never quite realising the potential he had shown as a young player at Brighton. Roy Hodgson's appointment as Fulham manager seemed to help something click for the 29-year-old striker though, as last season he played a vital role in Fulham's progression to the Europa League final, scoring 21 goals in 44 games in all competitions.
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