Football: England call-up for teen ace Ross

Ross Barkley, centre, has been named in England's senior squad.
Ross Barkley, centre, has been named in England's senior squad.
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Former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Ross Barkley has been named in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

It is the first time the central midfielder, who played 13 times for the Owls last season, hitting four goals, during a two-month loan spell at Hillsborough last season, has received a senior international call-up.

Barkley scored on the opening day of the season for Everton and the 19-year-old is one of two uncapped players coach Roy Hodgson has included in the squad. Tottenham Hotspurs winger Andros Townsend has also been recognised after performing brilliantly for Spurs since he returned from a loan spell at QPR.

Barkley was on target when Hodgson oversaw England Under-21s 6-0 victory over Scotland at Bramall Lane earlier this month.

When asked about the inclusion of Barkley, Hodgson said: “He impressed me when I worked with him at St George’s and at Sheffield United and quite a few other people impressed at that that time - Raheem Sterling and of course Andros Townsend, who was on the radar before the Under-21s.

“In choosing these players we are giving ourselves a chance to look at players who are capable of having a bright future.”