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England Under-21s hit by injuries

Richard Stearman
Stearman won promotion to the Premier League with Wolves

Tottenham midfielder Danny Rose and Wolves defender Richard Stearman have been called into the England Under-21 squad for the European Championships.

Injuries to Newcastle defender Steven Taylor and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck have forced coach Stuart Pearce into making the late changes.

Pearce's team face Azerbaijan in a friendly next Monday before flying to Sweden for the tournament.

England will face Finland in their opening Euro match on 15 June.

Theo Walcott has been named in the squad, despite the fears of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

I've every confidence in this squad. We're looking forward to competing with the best

Stuart Pearce

Walcott, 20, who is also in the senior squad for World Cup qualifiers, could suffer burnout, Wenger has warned.

He says the winger will only have one week's rest before pre-season begins if England win the Under-21 tournament.

Walcott was out for four months this season after injuring himself on international duty last year.

His inclusion in the 23-man squad for the competition in Sweden is seen as a victory for Pearce, who has pushed for the inclusion of players eligible for the senior squad.

Earlier this week Wenger said Walcott should not play for both the seniors and Under-21s this summer.

"I have let the Football Association know that he shouldn't play in both national teams during the holiday period," said the Arsenal boss.

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"The basic problem, is can you use a player for two different national teams during the holiday period?"

Walcott injured his shoulder in a training session before England's friendly win over Germany last November and was out for four months, much to the anger of Wenger.

The winger had scored a hat-trick for the senior side in a World Cup qualifier in Croatia two months earlier.

The Under-21 squad includes Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who have also featured in the senior team.

Pearce said: "I have every confidence in this squad. We are really looking forward to competing with the best under-21 teams in Europe, and hopefully, doing our country proud with our performances. It should be a fantastic tournament."


England Under-21 squad:

Joe Hart (Manchester City), Joe Lewis (Peterborough), Scott Loach (Watford);

Martin Cranie (Portsmouth), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Andrew Taylor (Middlesbrough), Richard Stearman (Wolves), James Tomkins (West Ham);

Lee Cattermole (Wigan), Andrew Driver (Hearts), Craig Gardner (Aston Villa), Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough), James Milner (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Mark Noble (West Ham), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham);

Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Frazier Campbell (Manchester United)



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see also
Driver 'delight' at England call
29 May 09 |  Hearts
Wenger fear over Walcott workload
25 May 09 |  Arsenal
England U21s handed tricky draw
03 Dec 08 |  Internationals
Norway U21s 0-5 England U21s
27 Mar 09 |  Internationals
Walcott agrees new Arsenal deal
08 May 09 |  Arsenal
Walcott ruled out after surgery
20 Nov 08 |  Arsenal


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