Hodgson backs youngsters to 'make a difference' for England

Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend are in line to make their senior debuts in the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September, and join Raheem Sterling in the squad
Roy Hodgson believes the youngsters named in his England squad can "make a difference" as he begins to plan for the future.

Tottenham's 22-year-old winger Andros Townsend and Everton's teenage midfielder Ross Barkley have both been handed their first senior call-ups for England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, while 18-year-old Raheem Sterling of Liverpool is also involved.

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And Hodgson has insisted the trio have been included to make an immediate impact, despite their inexperience at international level.

"In choosing these players, we're giving ourselves a chance to look at players who have a very bright future and can make a difference to the game as we have seen at the top level of the Premier League," the England manager said.

"Players like Barkley, Townsend and Sterling can make a difference and are in the squad on merit. It's nice they are younger and have a great future."

Hodgson was particularly keen to work with Barkley again having seen the 19-year-old first hand when he looked after the Under-21 squad for their friendly clash with Scotland earlier in August.

"[Barkley] impressed me when I worked with him at St George's Park and in the England Under-21s match," he added.