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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"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.