England manager Roy Hodgson has named Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, West Bromwich Albion youngster Saido Berahino and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in the squad to play Slovenia and Scotland, the
Walcott and Barkley return to the fold following injury, with Walcott having recently recovered from a cruciate ligament problem that kept him out from January until a 10-minute cameo in the Gunners’ win over Burnley.
Barkley was injured in pre-season for the Toffees but is back playing under Roberto Martinez, while there is also a recall for Michael Carrick, the Manchester United midfielder who made his first appearance of the season – in defence – in the Manchester derby.
Berahino gets a first call-up to the senior squad after eight goals in 13 games for West Brom, Hodgson’s last club post before he took the national team job. Berahino also has nine goals for the England Under-21s.
West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing is restored to the group following his form for the Hammers while Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne retains his place amid the Saints’ good start to the Premier League campaign. Clyne was in the previous squad but has yet to debut.
The England squad in full:
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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