Barkley, Townsend handed England call-ups

England play Moldova and Ukraine as part of the World Cup qualifiers next month.

updated: August 27, 2013 21:45 IST
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London: England manager Roy Hodgson on Tuesday awarded first senior call-ups to Everton youngster Ross Barkley and Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Barkley, 19, caught the eye with a fine goal at Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, while 22-year-old Townsend impressed during a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers last season.

"We're giving ourselves a chance to look at players who've got a very bright future and who are capable of making a difference to a game, as we see them doing each week in Premier League football," Hodgson said.

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