But Capello was not convinced enough by the striker's form to include him the squad which faces Slovenia in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday or the Group Six qualifier with Croatia on September 9 where victory would guarantee England's place in the finals in South Africa.
Goalkeeper David James misses out for the third squad running after being forced to sit out Portsmouth's home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, leaving West Ham's Robert Green likely to continue as the first-choice stopper.
Manchester United keeper Ben Foster had been ear-marked by Capello has the main understudy to James, but some nervous displays for the Premier League champions, including failing to keep out Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin's goal at Old Trafford on Saturday, may have damaged his chances.
Brown was sidelined for much of last term with an ankle injury and then suffered a thigh problem during United's recent pre-season campaign.
However, Brown produced a dominant display in central defence as United overcame Arsenal at Old Trafford and Capello can also use him as cover for Glen Johnson at right-back.
The selection of Aaron Lennon was widely expected after Capello spoke glowingly about the Tottenham winger this week.
Lennon replaces injured Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who has not played this season due to a back injury Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes is a direct result of his young star playing for both England's senior side and the under-21s during the close-season.
"Lennon can play one-on-one and is very dangerous because he's quick. Potentially he is really good," Capello said.
"He's young. He needs to understand his potential and have confidence in this potential. It's really important because some players are really good but don't understand their own potential."
The prospect of beating Croatia to secure England's place at the World Cup is especially appealing for Capello and his team since it was Slaven Bilic's men who stopped England - then coached by Steve McClaren - from qualifying for Euro 2008.
Capello believes England have improved significantly since he replaced McClaren in the aftermath of that defeat.
"We improved a lot in the confidence because now we play like a team and we can play against every country and we can beat them. Every team. I'm sure of this," Capello added.
"First you have to win to get to South Africa, then you have to play. Getting to South Africa is the first step, then it is step by step. For me success will be qualification."
Midfielders: Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy/USA), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), James Milner (Aston Villa)
Source: AFP Global Edition