Stuart Pearce has named his 23-man squad that will fly for Israel for the European Under 21 Championship.
The Young Lions will play their first fixture against Italy on 5th June before facing Norway and Israel in the other group matches.
Jason Steele and Declan Rudd join first choice goalkeeper Jack Butland in the squad, who became England’s youngest ever senior goalkeeper last year. He was also first choice at the Olympic Games and has established himself as one of England’s brightest prospects.
Steven Caulker, Nathaniel Clyne, Craig Dawson, Tom Lees, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, Adam Smith and Andre Wisdom make up the defensive options. Danny Rose is banned and therefore ineligible for England’s first game against Italy but is available for the rest of the tournament. Luke Shaw made eight appearances for the Under 17 squad last season, including five in the European Championship last summer.
Nat Chalobah is the shining light of a midfield that also includes Jordan Henderson, Tom Ince and Henri Lansbury. Chalobah has been absolutely superb in his loan move to Watford, in which he has propelled them into the Championship play-off final. Other midfied options include Jason Lowe, Josh McEachran, Callum McManaman, Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. McManaman’s inclusion in the squad comes after a superb season with Wigan, in which he was awarded the man of the match honour in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Marvin Sordell, Wilfried Zaha and Conor Wickham make up the attacking options for Stuart Pearce’s squad. Arguably, England’s weakest position is on the scoring front. Despite the inclusion of Zaha, who will move to Manchester United next season, Sordell and Wickham lack the class of a striker bordering on the full senior squad – as strikers should be doing at this level.
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