Sterling called up

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

Last Updated: 12/10/13 at 12:55 Post Comment

Raheem Sterling: Brought into England squad

Raheem Sterling: Brought into England squad

Liverpool wide-man Raheem Sterling has been called into the England squad for Tuesday's all-important World Cup qualifier with Poland at Wembley.

Manager Roy Hodgson lost two members of his 23-man squad on Friday.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley was forced to return to his club for treatment on a calf injury sustained in training that is set to keep him on the sidelines for up to three weeks.

Then, during the 4-1 win over Montenegro, full-back Kyle Walker picked up a caution which means he is suspended for the Poland encounter where England must win to book automatic qualification to next summer's Finals in Brazil.

Either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling is likely to replace Walker.

However, Hodgson evidently felt he was light on bodies and has elected to draft in Sterling, part of Gareth Southgate's Under-21 side that defeated San Marino on Thursday.

Jamaica-born Sterling became the fifth-youngest player in England history when he started the friendly defeat in Sweden last November.

The 18-year-old has not featured for his country since, although he was part of the squad that defeated Moldova and drew in Ukraine last month.

England head into the final set of fixtures heading Group H by a point.

However, as second-placed Ukraine face a less than daunting away game against San Marino, Hodgson knows victory is essential to avoid the hazardous play-offs.


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria is expected to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of a move to PSG.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mesut Ozil set to shine for Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects Mesut Ozil to be one of the Premier League's leading stars during the 2015-16 season.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company