Townsend replaces Sterling for England

Andros Townsend

England v Malta
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Saturday, 8 October Kick-off: 17:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website & app

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has replaced the injured Raheem Sterling in the England squad for their World Cup qualifiers this month.

Townsend, 25, has played 11 times for his country and scored three goals, but was not selected for Euro 2016.

He has played in all seven of Palace’s league games since joining from Newcastle for £13m in the summer.

England, led by interim manager Gareth Southgate, face Malta on 8 October and Slovenia three days later.

No details have yet been given on Manchester City forward Sterling’s injury.

Updated England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Stoke), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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