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Sterling gets England call

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been called into the England squad for Tuesday's decisive World Cup qualifier with Poland at Wembley.

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Raheem Sterling: Made his international debut last November

Raheem Sterling: Made his international debut last November

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Manager Roy Hodgson lost two members of his squad on Friday, in the shape of Tom Cleverley and Kyle Walker.

Cleverley returned to Manchester United before the 4-1 win over Montenegro with a calf injury that is likely to keep him out for up to three weeks, while Walker picked up a booking in the match which means he is suspended for the clash with Poland.

Either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling are likely to replace the Tottenham man at right-back, but Hodgson has called on Sterling, who was part of Gareth Southgate's Under-21 squad that beat San Marino on Thursday, to bolster numbers ahead of a game England must win to guarantee qualification for next summer's Finals in Brazil.

Sterling became the fifth-youngest player in England history when he made his debut in the friendly defeat to Sweden last November, but the 18-year-old has not featured since.

England head into the final set of fixtures with a one-point lead at the top of Group H.

But with Ukraine's final game being a trip to San Marino, who have lost every game in qualifying, Hodgson knows his side must win to avoid November's playoffs.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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