Peter Crouch will lead the England attack in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley.
Crouch, who came off the bench to replace the injured Emile Heskey in England’s 4-0 friendly win over Slovakia, will play as a lone striker, supported by Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
England coach Fabio Capello called up Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor on Tuesday after Tottenham forward Darren Bent, himself a replacement for the injured pair of Heskey and Carlton Cole, injured a knee in training.
The Italian said: “I am sure that Crouch is the best forward I can put into the first XI.”
Crouch has recovered from the dead leg he suffered in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Slovakia, while Rio Ferdinand is fit to partner John Terry in defence.
Capello explained his decision to include Agbonlahor and not the more experienced Michael Owen.
“I spoke with the assistant manager of Aston Villa and was told Agbonlahor had been training very well during the last two or three days,” added the Italian.
“In every interview I said the door, for all the players, is open,” he insisted.
“I chose Agbonlahor because he has played a lot of games. I respect Owen but I am focused on the game of football.”