Liverpool's 18-year-old Jamaican turned English youngster Raheem Sterling has been called up to the full England squad to replace Tom Cleverley of Manchester United for Tuesday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Poland.

This is probably because of the lack of replacements for Andros Townsend in the squad. Townsend (Man of the Match v Montenegro on Friday) was the only out-and-out winger in the squad, although Danny Welbeck, James Milner, Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge have also played on the wing.

Sterling made his England debut in a 4-2 friendly loss away at Sweden, the game where Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored that goal. If it wasn't for Sterling's involvement in the youth system for England he would have still been eligible for Jamaica, as friendly games don't stop you from choosing your nation; so should Sterling play Tuesday he will be a full England international, officially.

Sterling has represented England at all levels since the Under 16s and has been thought of as a young prospect for a while.

Some reports would have you believe that he might, one day, face England competition from current Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj.

Both were born outside of the UK (Januzaj in Belgium) but Sterling is by far more proven.

Sterling, having played 47 first team Liverpool games, including 10 Europa League games and 33 Premier League games, since 2012. Januzaj has just broken through, scored two goals against bottom-of-the-league Sunderland and is now being talked about as a possible England player of the future.

People forget we already have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Adam Lallana and Townsend to name a few.

Januzaj is out of contract at the end of the year and his agent has been talking to United about a new contract; he will be available for approach in January for teams outside England. 

The argument isn't whether Januzaj is good enough, but if he should play for England. Either way, he'll be waiting another five years to do so if he wishes. He's available to play for Belgium, who already qualified for the World Cup, so rejecting them will most likely cause a lot of controversy - no doubt he'll discuss it with Welbeck, who was booed by Ghana fans as he turned down playing for the African nation in favour of England.

Whatever happens, England's wings look promising, although we said that about Adam Johnson, Stewart Downing and Victor Moses, all of whom ruined their careers at big clubs.

England need to beat Poland to secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Sterling is unlikely to start ahead of an impressive Welbeck of late, while Townsend is also expected to keep his place in the team.


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