John Terry has been included in England's World Cup qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine despite facing a Football Association charge of racial abuse.

The former England captain was found not guilty of a Crown Prosecution Service charge of racial abuse against Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in July but was subsequently charged by The FA.

Hodgson included Terry in his European Championship squad in the summer prior to July's trial, and after publically backing the Chelsea skipper, has delivered a further vote of confidence to the 31 year old.

John Terry
Terry is included in the England fold despite facing a racial abuse charge from the FA. Reuters

Arsenal pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott plus Adam Johnson, who left Manchester City for Sunderland in search of first-team football, have been selected as the wide players at the expense of Manchester United's Ashley Young.

In the absence of Wayne Rooney, who has been ruled out for two months after being cut against Fulham, Hodgson has been forced to select four strikers; none of whom are first choice with their club sides.

Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll all featured in England's Euro 2012 squad, while Daniel Sturridge, who withdrew from the squad that played Italy earlier this month, will look to add to his two international caps.

Elsewhere, Old Trafford team-mates Michael Carrick, following his return from a self-imposed international exile in the friendly with the Azzuri, and Tom Cleverley, who made his debut in Berne, have both been included while captain Steven Gerrard is back after being rested for the pre-season fixture.

England begin their Group H campaign on 7 September against Moldova in Chisinau and then face Ukraine on 11 September at Wembley

England squad to face Moldova and Ukraine:

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

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 Hotspur).

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 Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).