England’s Hodgson: Barkley & Townsend can make a difference

England manager Roy Hodgson includes Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend in his squad for next month's World Cup qualfiers

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England manager Roy Hodgson Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Roy Hodgson says uncapped duo Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend can “make a difference” after being included in England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Everton midfielder, 19, has impressed under Roberto Martínez in the opening two Premier League games, scoring a spectacular strike against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Townsend netted and made an assist in Tottenham’s 5-1 Europa League win last week, earning the winger a place in the Spurs side which beat Swansea City on Sunday.

And Hodgson, who also included Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling in his 23-man squad, explained the reasoning behind his decision to call-up the duo for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

“We want to win. Players like Barkley, Townsend and Sterling can make a difference,” said Hodgson.

“They can be players who make a big impact and help you to win. They’re there on merit.

“But players need to understand the doors open at senior level, but you don’t close the door on under-21.”

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was recalled to the England squad after scoring in both of his club’s opening Premier League victories.

Hodgson also wished England’s second-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster a swift recovery after picking up an injury on Saturday.

“It’s a great pity as he’s been in extremely good form and he’s our number two goalkeeper,” Hodgson added, “but we have to accept it and wish him well.”

England squad: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy; Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker; Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere; Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young.

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