Wayne Rooney is one of five strikers named on the England roster for their crunch World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley.

The 27-year-old Manchester United forward missed international duty last month with a head wound, but is back in a 23-man squad.

Red Devils teammates Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are also included despite a shaky start to David Moyes's Old Trafford tenure. There is no place for out of favour winger Ashley Young.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott joins fellow Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and another regular inclusion Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson on the injured list.

Anfield colleague Daniel Sturridge, Spurs pair Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend, and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert complete the attacking options.

Everton’s rising star Ross Barkley also keeps his place as Hodgson names a squad with few surprises. Raheem Sterling drops down to the Under-21 setup, however.

Three Lions number one Joe Hart meanwhile has come in for recent criticism following shaky displays for Manchester City against Aston Villa and Bayern Munich.

Hodgson has backed his keeper to “shrug it off” by helping England to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

England roster for Montenegro and Poland

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich), Fraser Forster (Celtic).

Defenders: Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill (both Chelsea), Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines (both Everton), Phil Jones and Chris Smalling (both Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley (both Manchester United), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton).

Forwards: Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck (both Manchester United), Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend (both Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton).