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Four Liverpool players have been called up by Roy Hodgson for England's upcoming internationals. We could say we're excited by the news but we'd be lying.

Julian Finney

Another season started and, already, another set of internationals to worry about; one major summer tournament down, and it's time to get ready for the next one. After last week's news that Philippe Coutinho had been named to the Brazil squad, today it's time for England, which has called upon four Liverpool players this time around.

With Steven Gerrard having retired from international competition, Adam Lallana injured, and Glenn Johnson's poor play of recent years continuing into another season, that's a significant drop off compared to the last time England played. There's still room, though, for Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, and Rickie Lambert.

After the disappointment of Brazil and the inexplicable decision by the English FA to keep Roy Hodgson around through the 2016 European Championships, England will look to ease into things with a friendly against Norway next Wednesday. They face Switzerland the following Monday in their first qualification match of the cycle.

For qualification, England are in Group E along with Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino, and the Swiss. The top two teams automatically qualify along with the best third-place finisher in eight groups. The remaining third-place finishers head to a playoff. It's a set-up even Roy Hodgson's England should be capable of advancing from.