The midfielder was apparently being saved by Roy Hodgson for the far more important Group H clash with Montenegro on Tuesday.
It meant Frank Lampard was named skipper of a side that paired Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott together, extending a record of England not playing the same central defensive partnership in successive games this season.
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley continued his ever-present record during the current campaign, whilst club colleagues Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney were also included.
The loss of Theo Walcott to a groin injury that is set to keep him out for up to 10 days meant Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was handed a starting berth against the side he scored his first international goal against in October.
Meanwhile, Kyle Walker and Leighton Baines occupied the full-back berths, with Jermain Defoe the central striker.
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- Chris Smalling
- Frank Lampard
- Joleon Lescott
- Roy Hodgson
- Tom Cleverley