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Thursday 23 February 2012

Pearce names youthful England squad

Caretaker boss picks 23 Barclays Premier League players for Dutch friendly

Manchester United strikers Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney are in the England squad

England caretaker-manager Stuart Pearce has named a youthful squad for the friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday 29th February.

Pearce has picked 23 Barclays Premier League players in his 25-man squad, with Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell earning his first call-up.

"Fraizer was fantastic at Under-21 level and he is an exciting talent"
- Stuart Pearce

Manchester City's Micah Richards has won a recall and Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is also involved, while Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is fit enough to be selected for the first time since 2010.

"I know Fraizer quite well because I've taken a lot of these boys to Under-21 tournaments," said the former Manchester City manager, who is also still in charge of the England U21s.

"Fraizer was fantastic at Under-21 level, he has come back into the Sunderland side and that's given him a lift. I think he's worked well to get back from the injury he had and he's an exciting talent."

Pearce, who was put in temporary charge when Fabio Capello resigned earlier in February, will manage his country for the first time for the match against the 2010 World Cup finalists at Wembley Stadium.

He added: "I'd like to thank Fabio and his staff for the education they gave me over the last three-and-a-half to four years, it was invaluable."

After facing the Dutch, England currently have two more friendlies scheduled before Euro 2012 in the summer - against Norway in Oslo on Saturday 26th May and at Wembley against Belgium on Saturday 2nd June.

Full England squad for Netherlands match on 29th February:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Robert Green (West Ham)

Defenders: Micah Richards (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Kyle Walker (Spurs)

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Tom Cleverley (Man Utd), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (Spurs), Ashley Young (Man Utd), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Strikers: Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

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Key Points

  • Pearce names 25-man England squad to face Netherlands on 29 February
  • There are 23 players from Barclays Premier League
  • Fraizer Campell wins first call-up for his country