English for Football Expression: To receive a call-up

This week’s English for football is the expression to receive a call up

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This week’s English for football is the expression to call up which means to ask someone to represent their country. The phrase refers to when young people were asked to fight in the national army – they were called up to serve or they received a call-up. In football when the national side asks a player to represent the country, they earn a cap and this is also known as a call-up. This week England manager Fabio Capello has named three young Man United stars in his squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers – he has called them up. The players have received call-ups. To be called-up.

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