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Wednesday 03 October 2012

News in brief: Raheem Sterling gets England U21 call-up

Winger gets national call-up while another Liverpool teenager is hailed and Reading name new scout

  • Raheem Sterling, right, has been called up for the play-off against Serbia

  • Andre Wisdom scored on his Liverpool debut int he Europa League

  • Steve Head has joined Reading from Fulham

  • Sean Morrison signs his four-year-deal with Reading chairman John Madejski

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been called into the England U21 squad for the first time for the European Championships play-off with Serbia.

Manager Stuart Pearce has also called up Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend and Manchester United’s Nick Powell for the two matches taking place on October 12th at Norwich City’s Carrow Road and four days later in Krusevac.

England squad
- Ben Amos (Hull City - loan from Manchester United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough).
Defenders - Ryan Bennett (Norwich City), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Lees (Leeds United), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Danny Rose (Sunderland - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).
Midfielders - Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough - loan from Chelsea), Nick Powell (Manchester United), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Forwards - Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool - loan from Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

Rodgers has high hopes for Wisdom

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Andre Wisdom is destined for big things and is confident he can shine at right-back despite spending much of his career in the middle of the defence.

The 19-year-old scored on his debut for Liverpool in the 5-3 Europa League win over Young Boys last month and Rodgers believes that Wisdom can fill the hole left by the long-term injury to Martin Kelly.

"When I came Andre had been at centre-half but he has the physical and technical capacity to play full-back," Rodgers said. "The modern day full-back has a lot of the ball and has to have strength, pace and power - well Andre has that."

Rodgers is also looking for a number of other academy graduates to make the breakthrough this season, with the likes of Wisdom, Raheem Sterling and Suso having played in the past few matches.

"The plan between now and January is to see how many of the young players are going to be able to come into our squad - and I have been very, very pleased by the impact they've made," Rodgers said.

Reading name new head of scouting

Reading Football Club have appointed Steve Head their new Head of Scouting & Recruitment.

Head has worked in the Barclays Premier League for more than 20 years, spending the past ten years at Fulham as the head of opposition scouting and responsible for European scouting, and before that as Under-18s coach at Southampton. His key responsibility for Reading will be European scouting, as well as our reporting systems and the expansion of our scouting network.

“Reading's record in the transfer market is absolutely fantastic, a lot of credit must go to Steve Shorey and the boys who do a fantastic job," said Head. "With the new ownership we are definitely a growing club who are looking to expand, build and develop into some of the European markets. It's about improving on what we as a club are already doing."

The news comes a day after the Royals announced defender Sean Morrison had agreed a contract extension with the club until the summer of 2016. The 21-year-old centre back, who arrived at Madejski Stadium from Swindon Town in January 2011, impressed many with a loan spell at Huddersfield Town last season, scoring a penalty as the Terriers won promotion to the Championship at Wembley Stadium in May. 

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Key Points

  • Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling named in England U21 squad for Euro play-off
  • Brendan Rodgers says Andre Wisdom can help Liverpool at right-back
  • Reading appoint Steve Head as new head scout