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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 January 2008, 17:38 GMT
Pearce names Lennon in U21 squad
Aaron Lennon
Lennon was expected to be named in the England senior squad
Tottenham's Aaron Lennon was named in Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad for Tuesday's European Championship qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

Lennon's in-form team-mates Jamie O'Hara and Tom Huddlestone are also in the squad for the match at St Mary's.

Pearce said England coach Capello was keen to have a closer look at Lennon.

As well as Lennon, Capello predicted keeper Joe Hart, striker Theo Walcott and defender David Wheater could make the senior squad in the future.

606: DEBATE

"There are some players like Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott and David Wheater who are with the U21s this time because they have a very important qualification game against Ireland on Tuesday," said Capello.

"In the future these are players that could feature in the senior squad.

"I believe it is very important for everyone that the U21 team does well and I want to help them achieve success with Stuart."

England U21's sit top of qualifying group three, six points ahead of second-placed Portugal with two games to play before to play-off stage.


  • England Under-21 squad to play the Republic of Ireland on 5 February:

    GOALKEEPERS
    Joe Hart (Man City)
    Tom Heaton (Man Utd)
    Joe Lewis (Peterborough)

    DEFENDERS
    Craig Gardner (Villa)
    Michael Mancienne (Chelsea)
    Joe Mattock (Leicester)
    Nedum Onuoha (Man City)
    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)
    Steven Taylor (Newcastle)
    David Wheater (Middlesbrough)

    MIDFIELDERS
    Lee Cattermole (Middlesbrough)
    Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham)
    Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough)
    Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
    James Milner (Newcastle)
    Fabrice Muamba (Birmingham)
    Mark Noble (West Ham)
    Jamie O'Hara (Tottenham)
    Andrew Surman (Southampton)

    FORWARDS
    Cameron Jerome (Birmingham)
    Luke Moore (Aston Villa)
    James Vaughan (Everton)
    Theo Walcott (Arsenal)


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