Agbonlahor Lands Under-21 Call

24 March 2009 09:09
Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has been called up to the England Under-21 squad for the friendlies against Norway and France.[LNB]The 23-year-old, who has two full caps and started for Fabio Capello against Spain during the last international break, was understood to have picked up a slight knock that needed assessing before he was named in Stuart Pearce's squad.[LNB]Agbonlahor has not scored in his seven club games since the Spain clash and was recently jeered by his own supporters, leading to Villa boss Martin O'Neill defending the striker.[LNB]He has the chance to play his way into form against Norway on Friday in Sandefjord, then France at the City Ground the following Wednesday.[LNB]Pearce has lost Steven Taylor and Theo Walcott to injury ahead of the double-header, while Aaron Lennon has received a call-up to Capello's squad for the friendly against Slovakia and the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.[LNB]Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross and Portsmouth's Martin Cranie have been drafted in by Pearce as well as Agbonlahor.[LNB]

Source: Eurosport