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Terry supports Mancienne call-up

Michael Mancienne
Mancienne's selection boosts the hopes of other Championship stars

England captain John Terry has backed the call-up of young defender Michael Mancienne for Wednesday's friendly against Germany in Berlin.

Mancienne, 20, is a clubmate of Terry's at Chelsea but is currently on loan with Championship leaders Wolves.

"He will gain from the experience and his form has been fantastic for Wolves," said Terry.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on the lad but we all realise he has got a bright future in front of him."

"I went on loan to Nottingham Forest and it is good experience. You have to stand on your own two feet."

Mancienne, who previously had two seasons on loan at QPR, cites England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce as a key figure in his ongoing development.

"Stuart Pearce is easy to talk to and understanding," the young defender said.

"He always gives an honest opinion. If he sees something not right, he'll talk to me and correct me."

Pearce has also been credited with easing Theo Walcott into the national team after blooding him with the under-21s - and Mancienne feels the Arsenal teenager is setting an example to other hopefuls.

"We've been wanting to do well for the manager," said the centre-back.

"Theo getting in was a real morale boost, seeing youngsters getting drafted in to the senior squad. He's got the world at his feet. He can go on and do massive things because he has frightening pace, agility, and everything else.

"It was always good playing with Theo because he brings a lot of the team.

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"You've seen his confidence go through the roof since his hat-trick [against Croatia]. That is what he needed and now he'll go on."

Terry said he and team-mate Frank Lampard had spoken to Pearce about Mancienne, who rated him the best player in recent games for the U21s.

"Fair play to Michael. We have got a lot of players at Chelsea and he has been eager to go out and prove that he is good enough," Terry added.

"He has been eager to break into the squad. It is very unfortunate for all the young players at Chelsea that we have got such a big squad.

"They get paid a lot of money to be part of our squad and it is difficult sometimes to throw the younger lads in but he will get his chance, I am sure."

Mancienne was on the bench for Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari against Middlesbrough in October but has no regrets about spending so much time away from Stamford Bridge.

The England coaches must watch him every game and must like what they see - and I think he is ready

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy

"I grew as a footballer when I was on loan and developed an understanding of the game. I've been in relegation battles and my experiences have improved me," he said.

Born in Isleworth, in the western suburbs of London, Mancienne was spotted by Chelsea scouts as an eight-year-old playing for Kingstonian, and debuted for the Blues reserves while still at school.

He signed his first professional contract in January 2006.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy also believes Mancienne was ready for senior international football.

Speaking hours before his call-up to Fabio Capello's squad, he said: "Under the natural progression, Michael has played regularly for the under-21s, so this is the next step.

"The England coaches must watch him every game and must like what they see - and I think he is ready."

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Newton thinks Mancienne is ready
16 Apr 08 |  Chelsea
Awesome England thrash Germany
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