Tim Krul played the whole game for the Dutch side, and Andy Carroll came on as a 71st minute substitute, to make his debut for the England U21 side in their 0-0 draw last night with Holland.
Carroll – one for the future at Newcastle
The England U21 side had a good competitive workout in Groningen as their first match of the new campaign ended in a decent draw against a strong Dutch side.
The England Under 21 manager was still able to put together a very strong side with players of the caliber of Lee Cattermole, Michael Mancienne and Micah Richards on show.
Pearce named Micah Richards as captain and started with all eight of his squad members who were in Sweden in June, with Fabien Delph, James Vaughan and debutant Junior Stanislas making up the starting eleven.
Andy Carroll started on the bench and Tim Krul was in goal for the Dutch side.
Tim Krul – played the whole game for the Dutch – another clean sheet
In a game of few chances, both sides were restricted to shots from long range and the defences at both ends were sturdy.
And it was captain Richards who had the best chance after 30 minutes, with the Manchester City man on the edge of the box with a clear sight at goal. His shot was low and hard but Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul was equal to the shot, and smothered it well at the second attempt.
Pearce continued with the changes to give the substitutes a chance after 71 minutes, and brought on the rest of his subs, with first Under-21s outings for Chris Smalling, Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll and Freddie Sears.
But it was England goalkeeper Fielding who was called into action again, pulling off two good saves in the closing 20 minutes, which had the otherwise subdued Dutch crowd in the Euroborg Stadium excited.
HOLLAND U21: Krul, Janmaat, Van Eijden (Bruma 46min), Pieters (Blind 46), Kuiper, Donald (John 63), Fer (Van Der Heijden 46), Barazite, De Jong, Biseswar, Emnes (Anita 63). Booked: Janmaat.
ENGLAND U21: Loach (Fielding 46), Richards (Naughton 58), Gibbs (Bertrand 58), Mancienne, Tomkins, Rodwell (Smalling 58), Stanislas (Sears 83), Cattermole (Carroll 71), Delph (Wilshere 58), Rose, Vaughan (Sturridge 46).
Referee: Babak Rafati (Germany).