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Theo Walcott called up to England squad

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been called up to the England squad after his recent return from injury.

Walcott has been out since injuring his knee against Tottenham in January and made his return for Arsenal in a 10-minute cameo against Burnley last weekend.

Questions have been asked whether the call up is deserved based on the game time he has had this season, but this will aid the Arsenal stars recovery if he were to get some minutes under his belt.

England face Slovenia in a European Championship qualifier at Wembley on November 15 and will travel to Scotland for a friendly three days later.

Carrick Returns

Michael Carrick is in a similar boat to Walcott will aim to gain some match fitness with the international side after he made his return from a spell out in the Manchester derby last weekend.

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Form players of the premier league Stewart Downing and Saido Berahino also made Roy Hodgson’s squad. Stewart Downing returns to the international fold since his last cap in May 2012 in Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of England against Norway.

Downing has flourished for West Ham this season since operating in a central role in a diamond formation, similar to the system recently employed by the national team.

Saido Berahino tweeted his pleasure at receiving his first international call up stating, “Can’t believe how far I have come, god is truly amazing, wana thank everyone for the messages. #GodIsGood #thisoneforyouMUM”

The call up should come as no surprise to the young striker as he is currently the highest English goal scorer in the premier league with 7 goals for West Brom, while also boasting an impressive England Under 21 record of 10 goals in 13 games.

Arsenal players dominate squad

There are six Arsenal players included in Roy Hodgsons latest England squad, this is more than any other club. The next highest representation from the Premier League is Man Utd and Liverpool with four players each. This demonstrates how far Arsene Wenger has come to delivering his promise of developing English talent at the club after receiving criticism for lack of Englishman in his previous teams.

Full England Squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe Hart

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill,Calum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott

Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Welbeck, Saido Berahino

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