Neville returns to England fold

LONDON - England coach Fabio Capello surprisingly named Manchester United's veteran defender Gary Neville in his 24-man squad on Sunday for World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra.

The 34-year-old Neville, United's club captain, made the last of his 85 England appearances against Spain in 2007 and is no longer a regular first choice at his club after battling with injuries for the last two seasons.

Capello also recalled Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson who made the last of his 41 international appearances when England lost to Russia in a Euro 2008 qualifier in 2007. Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermaine Defoe was included after injury kept him out of England's first three internationals of the year.

Capello, however, will be without first-choice goalkeeper David James of Portsmouth and Ben Foster of Manchester United who are both injured.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing are also missing because of injuries which are unlikely to heal before the start of next season.

Capello will be keeping his fingers crossed that the Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton players come through their next matches unscathed.

United face Barcelona in the Champions League final on Wednesday and Chelsea and Everton meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

England top Group Six with five successive wins from their and victories in Kazakhstan and against Andorra at Wembley would virtually seal their place in next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.