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Barkley, Townsend handed England call-ups

27 August 2013 16:50

Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend have been rewarded for their fine early-season form with their first call-ups to the senior England squad.

Everton's teenage midfielder Barkley has been one of his side's stand-out players in their two first Premier League games and scored at Norwich on the opening day, while 22-year-old winger Townsend has also shone for Tottenham.

And England manager Roy Hodgson has opted to include the duo in his squad for the two forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert - who enjoyed a dream debut for his country by scoring the winner in their friendly against Scotland earlier in the month - has retained his place, while Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is recalled after injury.

Meanwhile, Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster replaces the injured Ben Foster, who was ruled out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of his right foot on Tuesday.

England welcome Moldova to Wembley on September 6, before travelling to Kiev to face Ukraine four days later in a game that could go a long way to deciding either team's place at Brazil 2014.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

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