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

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Premier League: Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield

Liverpool's plans to expand Anfield have received a boost after the council grant approval for redevelopment work.

Rio: Fergie exit hit RvP hardest

Rio Ferdinand has claimed Robin van Persie was the player who suffered the most after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Man United manager.

Premier League: West Brom boss Alan Irvine ready to drop big names

West Brom boss Alan Irvine has underlined his willingness to drop out-of-form players, regardless of their status.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property