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Walcott, Berahino called up by England

WALCOTT-CONTRACTLONDON, November 6- West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino was handed his first England call-up by manager Roy Hodgson on Thursday, while Theo Walcott returned to the squad after 10 months out.

Burundi-born Berahino, 21, has already been capped by England at every age level from under-16 to under-21 and has been awarded a first senior call-up after scoring seven goals in 10 Premier League games this season.

“He’s played so well, not only for West Brom, but also for the under-21s,” Hodgson told a press conference at Wembley Stadium.

“He’s been in such good form. There was no reason to pass over his credentials.

“I’m sure Saido will come wanting to play, but he faces stiff competition and he understands that. He’s not just there for the learning process, but he hasn’t made it to Wayne Rooney status.”

England will seek to continue their perfect start to 2016 European Championship qualifying when they host Slovenia on November 15, before tackling old rivals Scotland in a Glasgow friendly three days later.

Arsenal winger Walcott returns following a long spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, while there were also recalls for Stewart Downing of West Ham United, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.

Downing last played for England in Hodgson’s first game in charge against Norway in May 2012, but he has impressed for West Ham this season at the tip of a midfield diamond.

“He’s had a tremendous resurgence of form,” Hodgson said of the former Liverpool winger. “I think it was the right time to ask him to come back.”

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Hodgson omitted Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not played since suffering a thigh muscle on England duty in September.

Captain Wayne Rooney stands to win his 100th cap against Slovenia at Wembley, which will make him only the ninth England player to reach the milestone.

England squad for Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Slovenia on November 15 and friendly away to Scotland on November 18:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), 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, Chris Smalling (both Manchester United)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (West Ham United), Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana (both Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott (both Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (capt, Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion)

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  1. Qabiildiid

    December 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

    On December 3, 2011Kenyan forces ran away their base in Qoqani to Tabto near the NFD border with Somalia.

    I wonder how long you can try to suppress the truth.  

    You can keep on telling the lies until your soldiers are turned into farm workers. 

    • MkenyaHalisi

      December 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      And I wonder when you will realize Al-Shabaab propaganda cannot go anywhere with Kenya’s sophisticated and highly educated population. Your propaganda that may have worked with Burundi cannot hack it with Kenya in 1000 years.

      • Murundi

        December 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        Burundi showed more courage than Kenya so far…

      • Warayaa

        December 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        Burundi lost 72 soldiers on Dayniile October 20, 20011 but I really respect their bravery that they are still in Mogadishu. On the other hand Cowardly Kenyan Soldiers know only how to run and hide. I seen on my own eyes 1991 on the border. They have lost Qoqani and Afmadow and Tabto. Soon you will see them running to Nairobi.

  2. Surad1960

    December 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I detest Alshabab and their actions and i dont think we support them for what they do, but our point is ‘Get your boots our of our soil’ we may be in need of help, but certainly a foreign incursion is not the kind of help we need. we are dealing with AL-shabab, their popularity is down to zero, they are basically outnumbered and out smarted now. so stay away from our land.

  3. Oludavin

    December 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Ukweli ni kwamba KDF are facing stiff resistance from the Alshabaab. That’s why they are running all over the world seeking support instead of finishing the job and come back home as heroes. They will now have to face a tough regrooped, reloaded, refueled Alshabaab… They should stop parapaganda war and embark on the quick victory, the more they stay the more the agony and lose…This is not a conventional war! They have come up to the reality that they are just but uniform army, no experience.

    • Richard

      December 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

      Are you even Kenyan.. if so am ashamed at your very sub par opinion about your own Kenya Army that has managed to Keep you safe since you were probably born..The same army that has made us proud on a number of occasions both locally and internationally. If you are Kenyan, the you should see this from a very different point of view. We have families, friends, sons and daughters in Somalia fighting for what ever reason and all Kenyans can say is that our army is uniform army with no experience.. listen to yourselves. Then according to you Kenyans including your self are as worthless as our leaders who we keep on electing..then we should have no self worth what so ever and should probably cease to exist. Are you Kenyan to even degrade what is your own..But we are all entitled to our opinions at the end of the day right? 

  4. Mtu Flani

    December 5, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Kenya will never run from malnourished imbeciles. We shall achieve our objectives!

  5. Geff

    December 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Kenya needs to put up the game, propaganda cannot work. They should not be buying time. we expect this job to be done as soon as possible. “swift & fast” what are they waiting for….the guns, battle tanks, rockets lunches, comptencies etc etc… you cannot give a chance an enemy to regroup!

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