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.


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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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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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