Theo left out of England U21 squad

22 February 2010 05:11
The 20-year-old has not played a seniors game this season but could be used by Fabio Capello in the friendly against Egypt at Wembley a week on Wednesday, the same day Stuart Pearce's U21s play their Greek counterparts at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

Walcott's shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries this season have limited his impact for club and country, with Aaron Lennon appearing to be winning the race to start on Capello's right flank after playing in the final three World Cup qualifiers.

Lennon, however, has been out with a groin strain since December, while Walcott looked back on form when Capello watched him against Sunderland at the weekend.

Walcott had played for the U21s earlier in the campaign but Pearce has not included him in a 24-man squad that sees Wigan's Victor Moses and Aston Villa's Nathan Delfouneso receive their first call-ups.

"We just felt that Nathan has got a great commodity in his pace," Pearce said, ahead of the important clash on the road to the finals in Denmark next year.

"I've seen him play for the Under-19s and he can also play out wide as well as down the middle. And Victor has the ability to go past a player and be a match-winner, so between them they give us something different."

Jack Rodwell, Lee Cattermole, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere return to Pearce's squad following injuries during the last international break.

"The last squad we picked, there were eight players who had played the previous Saturday. I've named a 24-man squad for this one and there are 14 players who played at the weekend, so we've got a bigger number who are getting first-team football," added Pearce on

"There are the likes of Jack Cork and Jack Wilshere, who have recently gone out on loan to Premier League clubs, while Victor signed for Wigan last month.

"Amongst this group there are those like (Michael) Mancienne, (Ryan) Bertrand, (Scott) Loach and (Fabrice) Muamba who have played a lot of first-team football this season too. So we have some experience there that can be very important for us."

England Under-21 squad to play Greece at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday, March 3: Fielding (Rochdale), Loach (Watford), McCarthy (Yeovil); Bertrand (Reading), Mancienne (Wolves), Naughton (Middlesbrough, on loan from Spurs), Richards (Man City), Smalling (Fulham), Tomkins (West Ham), Walker (Tottenham); Cleverley (Watford), Cork (Burnley), Delph (Aston Villa), Wilshere (Bolton), Muamba (Bolton), Gosling (Everton), Lansbury (Watford), Moses (Wigan), Cattermole (Sunderland), Rodwell (Everton); Carroll (Newcastle), Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Welbeck (Preston, on loan from Man United).

To Be In England World Cup 2010 Squad Yes: Walcott, T 6/4  

Source: Team_Talk

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