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Stuart Pearce releases five England U21s early

Jordan Henderson
Henderson scored England's fourth goal in the 4-0 win against Denmark

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has allowed five players to return early to their Premier League clubs.

He has released Sunderland duo Jordan Henderson and Danny Welbeck, Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Bolton's Fabrice Muamba and Daniel Sturridge.

All five featured in the 4-0 win over Denmark and will miss the friendly against Iceland at Deepdale on Monday.

Pearce has called up the uncapped quartet of Ben Amos, Jordan Spence, Adam Hammill and Jordon Mutch.

All five released players played in Thursday's victory in Viborj, with Welbeck, Sturridge and Henderson finding the scoresheet.

England were already without captain Micah Richards for Monday's match, the defender returning to Manchester City with a hamstring problem, while Steven Caulker, Frank Fielding, Kieran Gibbs and Johnny Howson are also out with injuries.

Wolves midfielder Hamill gets his first call-up following his good Premier League form since signing from Barnsley in January.

19 year-old Mutch has recently broken into the Birmingham City team, while Manchester United keeper Amos and West Ham defender Spence are currently on loan with Oldham and Bristol City respectively.

Meanwhile, the Football Association announced that Pearce's team will face Norway in Southampton on 5 June for their final friendly ahead of the European Under-21 Championship in Denmark this summer.

England Under-21s qualified for the tournament after beating Romania 2-1 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off in October 2010.



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see also
Richards hurt in England U21 romp
24 Mar 11 |  Football
England U21s get tough Euro draw
09 Nov 10 |  Football


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