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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2008, 16:27 GMT
Pearce excited by Fox and Dann
Dan Fox
Fox left Walsall for Coventry in January
England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce says he is excited by the potential of Coventry City's former Walsall defenders Dan Fox and Scott Dann.

Both have been named in Pearce's squad for the friendly with Poland at Molineux on Tuesday.

"I went to see a cup game in January and they played extremely well for Walsall," Pearce told BBC WM.

"I've seen leadership qualities in both. Fox is taking every free kick and Dann is marshalling his defence well."

And former Coventry defender Pearce thinks the pair have handled the move to the Sky Blues effortlessly.

"When you go to a bigger club it's sometimes easier to shrink into the background, but these two boys thoroughly deserve to be with us next week."

Scott Dann
Dann has impressed Pearce with his leadership qualities

Pearce also says he has been really impressed by Wolves' winger Michael Kightly who will miss the game through injury.

"He's fighting in a position where we have an abundance of riches with the Millners, the Wallcotts and the Agbonlahors but he's held his place when he's been fit.

"If you ask Mick [McCarthy] whether he's missed him at Wolves the answer to that is a definite 'yes'.

"If they'd had him all season, they'd be comfortably in the play-offs and probably pushing for automatic promotion.

"He's a smashing kid to have around the place as well. He's a mature boy and I enjoy his company when he's around the squad."

West Bromwich Albion's Ishmael Miller and Luke Moore are also in the squad for the game with the Poles along with Cameron Jerome from Birmingham City and Aston Villa's Craig Gardner.



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