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England boss Hodgson explains reasons for Lingard, Mason call-ups

Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard and Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason have received late call-ups to the England national squad ahead of the friendly against France on Tuesday.


The duo were called in to replace the likes of Fabian Delph, Jamie Vardy and Michael Carrick, who all had to withdraw from the Three Lions squad due to injury problems.

Explaining the reasons for the call-ups, Hodgson said: "Today we lost Fabian Delph, alongside Vardy and Carrick - three of the players who are more experienced - so we are in a difficult situation in terms of not having a lot of players to choose from and we are playing against a very good team.

"With all these players missing, who we believe come March will be back in the fold and adding to the competition for a place in the 23, I didn't want to turn to an individual for one game who would not have a chance again in the future.

"That explains the inclusion of Jesse Lingard and when we lost Delph we turned to Ryan Mason, because we're pursuing a policy that we set out some time ago and we are trying to stay faithful to it."

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