Despite struggling for minutes at Anfield, Rickie Lambert has been named as one of four Liverpool players in the latest England squad…
England manager Roy Hodgson has today named a 26-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia at Wembley on 15 November and a friendly in Scotland three days later.
The most eye-catching inclusion is 21-year-old West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, who is handed his first senior call-up after scoring seven Premier League goals in the opening ten games of the season.
From a Liverpool perspective, there is no place for fit-again full-back Glen Johnson but midfielders Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling, plus forward Rickie Lambert, are included.
Lambert’s place in particular had been in doubt as a result of his lack of first-team involvement since rejoining the Merseysiders from Southampton in the summer.
The 32-year-old has made only one Premier League start, playing a total of just 164 minutes in the competition.
The Three Lions currently sit atop of European Championship Qualifying Group E with a maximum nine points from their opening three fixtures.
Elsewhere in the squad there is a well-deserved recall for former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing.
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United, Stewart Downing (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal), Saido Berahino (West Brom)
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