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England: Hodgson calls on uncapped trio

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England manager Roy Hodgson has called up uncapped trio Fraser Forster, Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley for the national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Celtic keeper Forster is included in the squad following injury to regular back-up member Ben Foster. Hodgson has indicated that he will show faith in current number one, Joe Hart, despite his inconsistent form for both club and country.

Had West Brom's Foster been available then it is likely that Hart's place would have been under greater threat, but in his absence it is almost certain that Forster and Norwich's John Ruddy will simply offer back-up.

Tottenham's Townsend impressed on loan at Queen's Park Rangers last season and has continued that form for Spurs, starring in the absence of Gareth Bale against Dinamo Tbilisi in last week's Europa League tie. He also impressed in Andre Villas-Boas' starting line-up against Swansea in the league, winning the penalty that won Spurs the match.

He is joined in England's midfield by Everton's Ross Barkley who impressed in his side's opening 2-2 draw against Norwich. Often overlooked by previous Everton manager David Moyes, under Roberto Martinez he is flourishing and has been rewarded with a call-up to Hodgson's squad.

Also included is Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, however in the presence of established England regulars, it is likely that these players will only feature in the case of injury. Hodgson claimed that including such players is a chance to see them perform in a new environment, and while it would be a strong show of faith, it is unlikely that they will feature given the crucial nature of the qualifiers.

Arsene Wenger's plea to rest Jack Wilshere has not seen him excluded from the squad. Wenger suggested that Wilshere should be rested for the Moldova tie, but should he feature over the two matches there will inevitably be some anxious moments for the club's manager and their fans. 

Rickie Lambert will travel following his debut international goal against Scotland. With Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge also included, it is likely that he will be restricted to impact-sub duties again, although he will hope to have a similar effect on the game.

England play Moldova and Ukraine on the 6 and 10 September respectively.

England squad in full

Goalkeepers: Forster (Celtic), Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich City)

Defenders: Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Jagielka (Everton), Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Manchester United), Smalling (Manchester United), Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Barkley (Everton), Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Sterling (Liverpool), Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Walcott (Arsenal), Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Lambert (Southampton), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United), Young (Manchester United)

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