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29 Aug 2012 10:40:11

Raheem Sterling overlooked for England Under 21 squad

Jack Butland and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain look set to keep their place in Roy Hodgson's senior plans after the pair were not included in Stuart Pearce's latest England Under 21 squad.

The youngsters are instead set to be involved for England's forthcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers at Wembley against Moldova and Ukraine, with manager Hodgson announcing his team on Thursday.

Blackpool winger Thomas Ince has won his first call-up to the England Under 21 squad Pearce, returning to his usual Under 21 role for the European U21 Championship qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway after guiding Team GB at the Olympics, has handed debut call-ups to two players.

Thomas Ince and Leicester City's Ben Marshall are both in as reward for their respective fine starts to the season in the npower Championship.

Missing out: Birmingham keeper Jack Butland (L) and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain look set to be included in Roy Hodgson's senior squad instead Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is expected to lead the Young Lions in Baku on September 6 before they host Norway in Chesterfield on September 10.

But there was no place for in-form Anfield team-mate Raheem Sterling, with Pearce resisting the temptation to call upon the exciting winger who will instead take his place in the Under 19 squad to play Germany. Young gun: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has been named in England Under 19 squad to play Germany Manchester City's £15million recruit Jack Rodwell is also named in a strong squad including Tottenham pair Danny Rose and Stephen Caulker.

Victory in both Group 8 games will guarantee Pearce's charges a place in the decisive play-off in October.

ENGLAND UNDER 21 SQUAD: 

Goalkeepers: Ben Amos (Hull City – on loan from Manchester United), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Ryan Bennett (Norwich City), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Ben Marshall (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Thomas Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest). Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough – on loan from Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers), Connor Wickham (Sunderland), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City)  


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