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Five Manchester United players called up for England duty

by Sam Peoples

Roy Hodgson has called up five Manchester United players in his 24-man squad for England’s upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy.

Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw are all part of Hodgson’s squad.

England’s first game is on Friday 27 March in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania which is followed by a trip to Turin for the game against Italy on Tuesday 31 March.

Here is the England squad in full:

Goalkeepers

Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders

Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders

Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

The surprise omission for Man United is the inclusion of Andros Townsend over Ashley Young. The Tottenham Hotspur winger was hooked off after 30 minutes at Old Trafford last weekend because of his desperately poor performance whereas Young has been one of United’s best performers all season. He should feel very hard done by to have been overlooked for Townsend.

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