England missing injured Rooney for WCup qualifiers

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LONDON (AP) -With Wayne Rooney injured, England will be relying on four strikers who aren't regular starters for their clubs in the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Manager Roy Hodgson has picked Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as his forwards. Only Defoe has started both matches in the opening two rounds of the Premier League this season, but he is set to lose his place in the Tottenham team following the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

Rooney is out of contention after he hurt his thigh in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Fulham last weekend.

There were few surprises in Hodgson's 24-man squad, with left-sided Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand keeping his place after making his debut in the 3-2 friendly win over Italy two weeks ago. Manchester United winger Ashley Young didn't make the cut, however, despite starting matches during the European Championship, with Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott preferred.

Chelsea defender John Terry, who is awaiting a Football Association hearing after being charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand last season, is back after being rested for the Italy game.

England plays Moldova away on Sept. 7 and hosts Ukraine at Wembley Stadium five days later in Group H.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

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