Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has been included in the England U21 24-man squad, for the European Championship qualifier against Macedonia next week.
Andy Carroll – call up for England U21s
The squad also includes Micah Richards, Sam Hutchinson, Fabien Delph, Jack Wilshere and Jack Rodwell for the qualifier at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Friday, Oct 9th. Sunderland’s Lee Catermole is also included.
There were a number of top players, including Andy, who have been recalled to the squad, following the away win in Macedonia and the draw in Greece last month, when the Under-21s began their qualification to reach the Euro 2011 Championships.
England U21 manager and former Newcastle player Stuart Pearce said:
“We were fortunate enough to win the first game. I don’t think we played particularly well on the day in very, very hot conditions, but we came out of it with the win in the end.”
“We have to make sure we capitalize on the game at home next week. If we want to be serious contenders in getting out of the group, we know we have to go at them and get all three points.”
The England squad is as follows:
Frankie Fielding (Leeds), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex McCarthy (Yeovil); Ryan Bertrand (Reading), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Sam Hutchinson (Chelsea), Michael Mancienne (Wolves), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham), Micah Richards (Manchester City), James Tomkins (West Ham), Chris Smalling (Fulham); Lee Cattermole (Sunderland), Tom Cleverley (Watford), Jack Cork (Coventry), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Peterborough), Junior Stanislas (West Ham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal); Andy Carroll (Newcastle), Zavon Hines (West Ham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).