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England call-up for Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 16:50 | Comments

Ross Barkley's good early season form has been rewarded
Ross Barkley's good early season form has been rewarded

Roy Hodgson has named uncapped duo Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley in his squad for England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Tottenham winger Townsend and Everton midfielder Barkley have been in fine form during the opening stages of the Premier League and Hodgson has responded by handing them their first international call-ups.

England resume their World Cup qualification campaign a week on Friday against Moldova at Wembley before they play Ukraine in Kiev four days later.

Barkley, 19, scored on the opening day of the season for Everton, while 22-year-old Townsend has performed brilliantly for Spurs since he returned from a loan spell at QPR.

Raheem Sterling has been promoted from the U-21 squad even though he has only played 18 minutes for Liverpool so far this season.

Striker Rickie Lambert retains his place in the squad after scoring on debut against Scotland earlier this month, while uncapped Celtic stopper Fraser Forster has been called up to replace the injured West Brom keeper Ben Foster.

Wayne Rooney was an expected inclusion in the squad and started in Manchester United's goalless draw with Chelsea on Monday night.

England squad for World Cup qualifiers: 
Forster, Hart, Ruddy; Baines, Cahill, Cole, Jagielka, Johnson, Jones, Smalling, Walker; Barkley, Carrick, Cleverley, Gerrard, Lampard, Milner, Sterling, Townsend, Walcott, Wilshere; Defoe, Lambert, Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck, Young.

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