Five new call ups for U21s, yet no Wilshere

Five new call ups for U21s, yet no Wilshere

Stuart Pearce has named his latest Under 21 England squad ahead of a game against Holland on August 11th. Having lost against Germany in the final of the European U21 Championships earlier this summer the older, now inelligible players have been replaced by some exciting new talent ahead of the qualification campaign for the next championships.

There are five players who will be involved for the first time under Pearce, with West Ham duo Junior Stanislas and Freddy Sears joining Chelsea’s new signing Daniel Sturridge, Newcastle’s Andy Carroll and Fulham’s Chris Smalling.

Undoubtedly the most exciting on the five is Daniel Sturridge who having left Man City will hope now to get more games at Chelsea, with Di Santo going out on loan and only two experienced strikers ahead of him meaning he should get minutes in a quality team. Showed his talent in glimpses last season but after the signing of so many strikers at the City of Manchester Stadium a move was always on the cards.

Andy Carroll also made an impression on the Premiership last year as several cameo roles in a struggling Newcastle side showed him as a strong and powerful centre forward. Born and bred in the North East, he will hope to become an established striker for the Geordies this season as they target immediate promotion.

West Ham duo Stanislas and Sears also impressed in the Premiership in an impressive season for the Hammers under Zola, left winger Stanislas scoring on his first start before being rewarded with a new contract to show Zola’s faith in the 19 year old. Sears meanwhile has taken the step to go out on loan this season as he looks for the regular football he needs to improve after a very promising start at the top level. A typical poacher who scored goals for the fun in the West Ham youth set up, he will hope to impress enough at Crystal Palace this term to warrant a first team place when he returns to Upton Park.

Lastly there is Chris Smalling, still a relative unknown, only making his debut for Fulham as a substitute in the final game of the season. He has been previously called up to the England U20s however, so this is simply the next step as the 19 year old Londoner looks to impress Roy Hodgson and Fabio Capello enough to be included in their future plans.

The full squad to face Holland:

Goalkeepers: Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers) & Scott Loach (Watford)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Reading, on loan from Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) Michah Richards (Man City),  James Tompkins (West Ham Utd), Chris Smalling (Fulham)

Midfielders: Lee Cattermole (Wigan), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Andy Carroll (Newcastle Utd), Freddy Sears (Crystal Palace on loan from West Ham Utd), Junior Stanislas (West Ham Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), James Vaughan (Everton)

The surprise omission in my opinion as an admittedly biased Arsenal fan is the continued exclusion of Jack Wilshere from the Under 21 squad despite his incredible form during pre-season. And with Fabio Capello watching from the stands as Wilshere scored a brace against Rangers on Sunday I am more than a little surprised that there is no sign of him in this squad. He is still four years younger than some members of the squad and lacks premiership appearances which maybe cost him a place in this one but it’s surely only a matter of time before we see Wilshere in Stuart Pearce’s team.

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