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Trio Get England Call


Ross Barkley, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have all been named in the England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Barkley, who was this week named Everton’s Player of the Month for August, made his Three Lions debut as a substitute in the 4-0 victory against Moldova in September and his promising early-season form has resulted in another senior call-up.

Jagielka and Baines have won 21 and 19 senior caps respectively and will be looking to add to that tally in the Wembley double-header.

Roy Hodgson’s team will progress to next summer’s finals in Brazil with maximum points from both games but any slip-ups could put qualification in jeopardy.

"It's pleasing to be involved for two such important games," said Jagielka. "I've managed to play quite a few of the recent games and obviously it's crunch time now, so hopefully we can get two positive results and book our ticket to Brazil in the summer."

Both Ukraine and Montenegro currently sit one point behind group leaders England, while the fourth-placed Poles are also still in the running.

The winners of each of the nine groups automatically progress, with the eight best-placed runners-up advancing to the play-off stage in November when the four remaining qualification spots will then be determined.

Meanwhile, John Stones has been included in the England Under-21s squad for the Euro 2015 qualifiers against San Marino and Lithuania.

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