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Townsend Receives England Call-Up

3 October 2016

Palace’s Andros Townsend has been called up to the England squad following the withdrawal of Raheem Sterling through injury.

Manchester City winger Sterling is ruled out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, meaning the Eagles midfielder returns to the squad for the first time since the pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against Turkey and Australia.

Interim Three Lions manager and former Palace favourite Gareth Southgate takes charge of the national side for the first time on Saturday when Malta visit Wembley in a 5pm kick-off, before they travel to Ljubliana for the game against Slovenia on Tuesday evening, which gets underway at 7.45pm.

Townsend, who has played eight times for the Eagles since arriving from Newcastle United in the summer, is the first Palace player to be called up to the Three Lions squad since Wilfried Zaha back in November 2012. 

Full list of CPFC international call-ups (all times BST)

Thursday 6th October
South Korea (Lee) v Qatar
World Cup qualifier, Suwon – 12pm

Austria v Wales (Ledley, Hennessey)
World Cup qualifier, 7.45pm

Friday 7th October
Belgium (Benteke) v Bosnia and Herzegovina
World Cup qualifier, Brussels – 7.45pm

France (Cabaye, Mandanda) v Bulgaria
World Cup qualifier, Paris – 8.45pm

Saturday 8th October 
England (Townsend) v Malta
World Cup qualifier, London - 5pm

Ivory Coast v Mali (Sako)
World Cup qualifier, Bouake – 7pm

Scotland (McArthur) v Lithuania
World Cup qualifier, Glasgow – 7.45pm

Sunday 9th October
Wales (Ledley, Hennessey) v Georgia
World Cup qualifier, Cardiff – 5pm

Monday 10th October
Holland v France (Cabaye, Mandanda)
World Cup qualifier, Amsterdam – 7.45pm

Gibraltar v Belgium (Benteke)
World Cup qualifier, Faro (Portugal) – 8.45pm

Tuesday 11th October
Iran v South Korea (Lee)
World Cup qualifier, Tehran – 2.45pm

Slovakia v Scotland (McArthur)
World Cup qualifier, Trnava – 7.45pm

Slovenia v England (Townsend)
World Cup qualifier, Ljubliana - 7.45pm

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