Tottenham’s Andros Townsend and Everton’s Ross Barkley named in England squad
Tottenham youngster Andros Townsend and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley are the surprise names in England’s squad to face Moldova and Ukraine in World Cup qualifiers next month.
England manager Roy Hodgson has rewarded both players for impressive starts to the new season with call-ups.
Townsend has forced his way into Andre Villas Boas’ starting line-up in the absence of Gareth Bale. The 22-year-old scored a great solo goal and created two other goals in the Europa League game against Dinamo Tbilisi last week, and won the penalty that secured a 1-0 win against Swansea on Sunday.
Barkley, aged 19, caught the eye with a spectacular goal against Norwich on the opening day of the season, which topped off a superb performance.
It is the first time either player has received a senior call-up.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert retains his place in the squad after a debut goal against Scotland.
The full squad is:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Ashley Young (Manchester United)