Roy Hodgson praises Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend after their inclusion in England squad
Roy Hodgson says Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend fully deserve their call-ups to the England squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers.
The pair, uncapped at senior level, have enjoyed fine starts to the season.
Barkley scored for Everton on the opening day of the Premier League season while Townsend netted for Tottenham against Dinamo Tbilisi in the UEFA Europa League and won the decisive penalty in his side's victory over Swansea on Sunday.
Hodgson named his squad on Tuesday for the key matches against Moldova (6 September) and Ukraine (10 September).
And the England manager believes Barkley and Townsend are exciting prospects to have.
Hodgson said: "First, Ross impressed me when I worked with him at St. George's Park along with quite a few other people.
"Townsend was on our radar and in choosing these players we have a chance of seeing players with a bright future.
"We want a winning team. We want to pick a team that is going to win. Players like Barkley and Townsend can make a difference and be players that make a big impact.
"They are here on merit. Players will need to understand that the door is open to them at senior level."
Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has spoken of his delight at being named the new England Under-21 Head Coach.
He said: "I am proud and honoured to take charge of the Under-21 side. It is a position of great responsibility."
Hodgson added: "I am delighted the process has been completed so quickly. I am delighted the choice has fallen on Gareth.
"I am looking forward to working with him and I wish him well."