Winger gets England nod

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has been called up to the England squad for the games against Malta and Slovenia.

Crystal Palace: Winger gets England nodCrystal Palace: Winger gets England nod

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been ruled out through injury and Townsend has been named as his replacement for the World Cup qualifiers.

Townsend returns to the England squad for the first time since the pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against Turkey and Australia and will be hoping to grab the opportunity with both hands.

The former Tottenham and Newcastle player will join the rest of the squad when they convene at St George’s Park at lunchtime today and will be looking to impress caretaker boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the double-header.

Southgate has now handed out six recalls after succeeding Sam Allardyce on a temporary basis, with Townsend joining Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ryan Bertrand, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Glen Johnson.

England welcome Malta to Wembley on October 8, before travelling to Slovenia on October 11.

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