Euro 2012 - Pearce names Campbell for England

Thu, 23 Feb 11:18:00 2012

Stuart Pearce has named his England squad for next week's game with the Netherlands at Wembley with striker Fraizer Campbell a shock call-up.

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Pearce, acting as caretaker manager for this match, picked the in-form Sunderland forward whose first senior inclusion caps a remarkable turnaround following a spate of injuries.

The former Manchester United man now joins Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge as the strikers in a youthful 25-man squad that also includes Manchester City full-back Micah Richards.

On Campbell's inclusion, Pearce said: "I think he is an exciting young talent and I think he will thrive."

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is back in the squad for the first time since the match with France in November 2010, while Tom Cleverley will be looking to pick up his first cap at senior level. Goalkeeper Robert Green is also recalled to the squad.

The continued exclusion of Richards throughout his four-year tenure was one of the more remarkable aspects of Fabio Capello's reign, but Pearce has wasted no time in bringing the City man back into the fold.

Neither Rio Ferdinand nor Frank Lampard have been selected, although the presence of Gerrard suggests the Liverpool skipper will regain the captain's armband, sensationally stripped from John Terry earlier this month.

Pearce said on the captaincy issue: "I'm only in charge for one game. The exposure has been a little too excessive. I will look at the dynamism of the group and pick a player who I and the group respect.

"I know Frank (Lampard), John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, but there are others who we will need to look at. I don't think I would learn anything watching them play next Wednesday.

"It would be too easy and too foolish to put a totally inexperienced side out. You need some experience to guide the youngsters."

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Capello for the Euros in Poland and Ukraine, which start on June 8, but former England left back Pearce would be happy to stay in charge for the tournament.

"If they need me to take the squad in the summer I will do that with pleasure," he said, despite having the Olympics in London a month later and previously saying he lacked enough experience.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).


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