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Tim Howard returns to USMNT squad, Trio called up by England

After taking a break from international football, Tim Howard is back.

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USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann has recalled Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard for next week's friendlies against Peru and Brazil.

The 36-year-old decided to take a break from the international game after his heroics at last summer's World Cup, his last appearance being that remarkable knockout tie against Belgium where he made a record 16 saves.

Despite his return it remains to be seen whether Howard will be first-choice, with Aston Villa's Brad Guzan taking the gloves in his absence.

Klinsmann said:

"The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now.

"Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for 10 October. Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl."

Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson has selected Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley and John Stones for the upcoming European Qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

It isn't known whether Tom Cleverley was in line to be selected before he suffered a knee injury against Tottenham on Wednesday.

England have a 100% record in Group E and can secure qualification for Euro 2016 with two further victories next weekend.