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Townsend replaces Sterling in England squad

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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.

Since signing from Newcastle for £13m in the summer, he has played in all seven of Palace’s league games.

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

More to follow.