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England under 21 boss David Platt
"It would have been selfish of me to say I would have liked them (Hargreaves and Carrick) in my squad "
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Wednesday, 8 August, 2001, 22:28 GMT 23:28 UK
Hargreaves in line for England call
Owen Hargreaves
Hargreaves has impressed for Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves is set to make the England senior squad after being left out of the Under-21s.

He was omitted from the first U-21 squad announced by new coach David Platt on Thursday.

West Ham midfielder Joe Cole would have continued with the U-21s, as he did in Greece in June, but has withdrawn due to a lack of pre-season preparation following a foot injury.

Arsenal defender Matthew Upson has also been forced out, suffering from a swollen knee.

But neither Michael Carrick nor Hargreaves are named in the 27-man senior squad for next week's friendly against Holland.


I have every confidence in what is a highly talented and capable squad
  England U-21 boss David Platt

And that has sparked speculation they are likely to be called up by Eriksson on Friday, with Leeds striker Alan Smith also seemingly set to keep his place in the senior squad.

Platt has taken over from Howard Wilkinson, who remains as the Football Association's technical director.

But he has made few changes to the last squad selected by Wilkinson.

Hargreaves has both Canadian and British passports and could also qualify to play for Germany next year.

It is thought the 20-year-old could make his debut as a substitute against Holland at White Hart Lane, ensuring his commitment to England.

Eriksson was impressed by the midfielder's displays for Bayern last season, especially in the Champions League final defeat of Valencia.

Michael Ball, Paul Robinson and Lee Naylor were not considered due to injury or lack of fitness.

Francis Jeffers, Arsenal's new 10m signing, has been recalled after injury.

Important matches

His team-mate Stuart Taylor has also won a place and former U-18 squad members Jermaine Pennant and Jermain Defoe have both kept theirs.

Platt, who has been observing players in pre-season friendlies, has sprung no major surprises.

He includes both John Terry and Luke Young even though they are suspended for the qualifier against Germany in September after being sent off in Greece.

The ex-Nottingham Forest boss, who has included one player - David Prutton - from his former club, said: "There has been a lot of organising to do over the past couple of weeks.

"But I'm delighted to be getting down to the business of football matches now.

"We have got three very important European Championship qualifying games coming up so this game against Holland is an excellent first test for both the players and myself."

England U-21 squad to face Holland
Madejski Stadium, Reading, 14 August

Kirkland (Coventry), Barry (Aston Villa), Johnson (Derby), Davis (Fulham), Dunn (Blackburn), Greening (Middlesbrough), Young (Charlton), Bridge (Southampton), Vassell (Aston Villa), Weaver (Manchester City), Chadwick (Manchester United), Jeffers (Arsenal), King (Tottenham), Pennant (Arsenal), Terry (Chelsea), Parker (Charlton), Wright (Liverpool), Prutton (Nottingham Forest), Bramble (Ipswich), Ameobi (Newcastle), Riggott (Derby), Defoe (West Ham), Wilson (Middlesbrough), Christie (Derby), Taylor (Arsenal).

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