Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. This week we explain the phrase ‘to receive a call up‘ which is connected to international caps. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for Football phrase is a call up which means to be asked to play for your country. This phrase is used with the verb ‘to receive’ or ‘get’ while it can also be used with the verb ‘to be’ and the ‘-ed form’; to be called up. To receive a call up is often used in military terms and means that you have been asked to serve or represent your country in war, to fight for your country. In football, to receive a call up means to be asked to play for your country in an international game. This week 33-year old Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies received his first ever England call up and hopes to play against Montenegro next week and receive a first cap. To receive a call up.

Example: England call up for uncapped trio Tyrone Mings, James Maddison and Mason Mount for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo (The Telegraph, 29 August 2019).

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