Good news today – Newcastle’s Dan Gosling has been named in the England U21 squad.
Dan Gosling – called up by England U21 manager Stuart Pearce
This is the first time since Dan injured his ACL (knee) back in March of last year, that he’s been called up for the England U21 side. He played for the England U17, U18 and U19 sides and has so far got two caps at the England U21 level.
Stuart Pearce has named 12 new players in his 27-man England Under-21 squad for games with Azerbaijan and Israel in the next couple of weeks, as the England side attempt to get through to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Finals in Israel.
Dan has looked good in pre-season, and he is now pushing to be a starter at Newcastle, and this has to give the 21 year-old a lot of confidence, after recovering from his very serious knee injury over the last sixteen months or so.
England face Azerbaijan in their opening Group 8 game at Watford on Thursday 1st September which has a 7:30 kick off, and then they play Israel in a friendly at Barnsley on Monday 5th September, with a 7:00 kick off time.
18 year-old Connor Wickham of Sunderland is also included in the squad.
This is what manager Stuart Pearce, the former Newcastle full-back said today, after he announced his squad:
“Our focus is going to have to be spot on from the offset because we’re in a qualifier straight away,”
“We really could be in the driving seat or alternatively it could be up in the air. I’ve got a feeling, looking at the sides in our group, that getting to the Finals will be difficult.”
“You’ve got the likes of Welbeck, who is a still an Under-21 player, around the senior squad; the likes of Henderson mentioned in squads, and Walker.
“There are a lot of players who have gone through the system and that is also what we’re trying to achieve, give them as much experience as we humanly can, at all the age groups.
“I’m very pleased that a lot of players are pushing through at both club and country level.”
We expect Dan to get a start against Scunthorpe United tomorrow night in the second round of the Carling Cup, and this is terrific news for the Newcastle youngster.
Here’s the full England U21 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ben Amos (Manchester United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Declan Rudd (Norwich City).
Defenders: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Steven Caulker (Swansea City, loan from Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), John Flanagan (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Dan Gosling (Newcastle United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool).
Forwards: Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Watford), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Sunderland).