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Medium: Call up

Medium: Call up

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

This episode is medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There are lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.

Summary

Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the phrase call up

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.

Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. 

Rich: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is medium so we’re looking at football words and phrases you need to describe what’s happening on the pitch or words and phrases fans and commentators on TV might use. There will be lots of phrasal verbs to learn at this level.


Rich: The phrase we are looking at in this episode is call up.

Jack: To call up has a couple of meanings that can be used outside of football.

Rich: The most common meaning is connected to the telephone and means to make a phone call to somebody. Here are a couple of examples:

Jack: I’m going to call up Rowan later and discuss what we are going to talk about in this week’s podcast.

Rich: I called up my dad last night. I hadn’t spoken to him for a while so it was nice to chat.

Jack: The phrasal verb call up also has a meaning connected to the army and being asked by the government to serve your country as a soldier.

Rich: In many countries, men and women from the general public can be called up to work for the army or fight as a soldier.


Jack: When we use call up to talk about football it is usually in connection with playing for the national team.

Rich: A player can be called up for the national team.

Jack: To be called up here means to be asked to play for your country.

Rich: We can say that Raheem Sterling has been called up over 50 times for England but we use the phrase more often when a player is asked to represent his or her country for the first time.

Jack: I think Wolves’ Adama Traore will be called up to the Spanish squad soon.

Rich: We often use the noun a call-up, too. We can say that Harry Kane got his first England call-up in 2016.

Jack: To call up. To give a player an opportunity to play for their country.


Rich: There is the final whistle!

Jack: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football. 

Discuss

  • Which player has been called up most times for your country?
  • Which player should get an international call-up soon?

Write your answers in the comments section below.

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Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020
UA
5280
points

Lunin, a Ukranian keeper, taking time somewhere in Spain, should get an international call-up in the near future, I see. 


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Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020 21:32
Ukraine
Liverpool
5280

Lunin, a Ukranian keeper, taking time somewhere in Spain, should get an international call-up in the near future, I see. 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020
UA
5280
points

I think Andriy Shevchenko must have been called up for the Ukranian guys most.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020 21:28
Ukraine
Liverpool
5280

I think Andriy Shevchenko must have been called up for the Ukranian guys most.

wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/08/2020
AR
4537
points

Fortunately, compulsory military recruitment was abolished in 1994 in my country, I was going to be raffled in 1995. I haven't been called up.


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wsanta
06/08/2020 01:11
Argentina
Leeds United
4537

Fortunately, compulsory military recruitment was abolished in 1994 in my country, I was going to be raffled in 1995. I haven't been called up.

wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/08/2020
AR
4537
points

Javier Mascherano is the player who has been called up most times for my country, with 147 games.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/08/2020 00:45
Argentina
Leeds United
4537

Javier Mascherano is the player who has been called up most times for my country, with 147 games.

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wsanta
06/08/2020
AR
4537
points

Now I understand why The Clash song "The Call Up" says 1,2,3,4; I don't want to die and I don't want to kill, it talks about the army. I didn't know it.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/08/2020 00:37
Argentina
Leeds United
4537

Now I understand why The Clash song "The Call Up" says 1,2,3,4; I don't want to die and I don't want to kill, it talks about the army. I didn't know it.

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mobeckham
06/08/2020
TR
5414
points

I think Erling Håland should get an international call-up very soon.
He's an exceptional goalscorer.


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mobeckham
06/08/2020 00:15
Turkey
Manchester United
5414

I think Erling Håland should get an international call-up very soon.
He's an exceptional goalscorer.

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mobeckham
06/08/2020
TR
5414
points

Ahmed Hassan is the player who has been called up most times in Egypt and I think he has got the most caps in the world.
And in Turkey I think the famous GK who played in World Cup 2002 , Rüştü Reçber , who was called up 120 times.


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mobeckham
06/08/2020 00:11
Turkey
Manchester United
5414

Ahmed Hassan is the player who has been called up most times in Egypt and I think he has got the most caps in the world.
And in Turkey I think the famous GK who played in World Cup 2002 , Rüştü Reçber , who was called up 120 times.

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8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3396
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Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia70986
2Ukraine32174
3Serbia27042
4Spain22536
5Albania20475
6Macedonia19059
7Brazil16867
8Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
9Vietnam15312
10Armenia13667
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RankNameScore
1Manchester United133656
2Liverpool89833
3Chelsea77695
4Arsenal71213
5Manchester City44040
6Leicester City11681
7Tottenham Hotspur11530
8Newcastle United9714
9West Ham United4974
10Leeds United4808

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