Aston Villa's Darren Bent will be included in the England side along with teammates Gabby Agbonlahor, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, and Kyle Walker.

Denmark Vs. England: England Squad Announced

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Gabriel Agbonlahor Out, Barry Bannan In For Mid-Week, International Action - 7500 To Holte

England's stars pulling out of the Three Lions' Denmark friendly has overlaps Aston Villa's news, with attacker Gabriel Agbonlahor being one of the withdrawals. Still, over at 7500 to Holte, SB Nation's Aston Villa community blog, there is as much excitement for one of the players who will play mid-week as there is for the attacker who won't.

Barry Bannan, the diminutive distributor who has had a difficult time seeing the pitch, has been called-in for Scotland's match with Northern Ireland. As 7500's Kirsten Schlewitz notes, the recall represents one of the few chances the midfielder will get to actually play:

Gabriel Agbonlahor is never going to get that fourth cap if he keeps doing silly things like pulling out of the England squad for "personal reasons." Barry Bannan, meanwhile, will not miss Scotland's Carling Nations Cup match against Northern Ireland for any reason. After all, when else is he going to get to play?

Beyond Agbonlahor, Aston Villa is well represented in the England squad, with Fabio Capello also calling in Darren Bent, Ashley Young, and Stewart Downing. Kirsten wants to include loanee Kyle Walker as a Villa representative, but Tottenham Hotspur supporters probably have a different view on who the defender truly represents.

But for now, Walker is on of 7500 to Holte's favorites. For more information on that or anything Aston Villa, visit the SB Nation AVFC community blog.


Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie Amongst Five Gunners Withdrawals From International Duty - The Short Fuse

There's Dark Monday, Cyber Monday - a host of names to describe significant Mondays. Given what the soccer world sees the Monday before every international break, we come up with a name for the day where the world's talent find a myriad of spurious excuses for rejecting their national team's call-ups.

We've already heard from England, who will be without Steven Gerrard, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ben Foster and Peter Crouch. Now SB Nation's Arsenal FC blog, The Short Fuse, updates us on the Gunners' list of excuses, reasons forcing the withdrawal of five players from various teams:

According to the site, van Persie is suffering from flu.  Cesc Fabregas is ill as well, suffering from gastroenteritis according to the Guardian.  Arsenal supporters will recall that Tomas Rosicky had the flu as well a couple of weeks ago; if the illness is spreading in the changing room, there could be problems for the team.

The website was not clear about why Gibbs and Ramsey withdrew from England U-21s and Wales, respectively.  Djourou was injured in the match against Newcastle on Saturday and is out for an as-yet undisclosed period of time

The Fuse's Ted Harwood gives more details (and sources) on the ins and outs for Arsenal's international footballing week. For that as well as everything else Arsenal, visit The Short Fuse, SB Nation's Arsenal FC community blog.


Steven Gerrard Highlights England Withdrawals

Steven Gerrard has decided that travelling to Denmark on Wednesday to play in an international friendly simply isn't worth his time after picking up a minor injury during Liverpool's 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend. It's hard to blame him, what with the match being totally pointless and all. He's not the only one who's dropped out: Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor, a new father, will be skipping the trip for 'personal reasons' - I'm assuming that has something to do with the baby rather than him just hating Scandinavians/Capellos. Ben Foster and Peter Crouch aren't fit either. Replacing the four who'll be missing are West Ham United luminaries Carlton Cole and Rob Green, meaning that Fabio Capello is down to a 17-man squad already.

With Gerrard absent, Rio Ferdinand injured, and John Terry disgraced, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will presumably captain the side in their quest to... do whatever they're doing in Denmark, I suppose. Explore tactical inadequacies in new and hilarious ways? Get more players injured ahead of a hideously congested European and domestic schedule? You tell me.


Denmark Vs. England: England Squad Announced

The FA has released the members of the team that Fabio Capello will take with him to Copenhagen to take on Denmark in midweek. The friendly, which has no apparent purpose other than to tire out and injure players who're already undergoing severe fixture congestion in the Premier League, will be held on Wednesday at 7:15 PM GMT (2:15 PM EST). Here's the full squad list:

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, David Stockdale

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, John Terry, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young

Strikers: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney

Notable omissions include Andy Carroll, Adam Johnson, and Rio Ferdinand, each of whom will be absent due to injury. Capello also has Frank Lampard back for the first time in several months, as the Chelsea midfielder is fit to play after a long-term groin problem. Each player named to the England squad this time around is based in Premier League, with Aston Villa contributing five players, Manchester City four, and Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea three apiece.

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