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.

Last Updated: 13/10/13 at 08:19 Post Comment

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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