Fraizer Campbell gets surprise England call up

Pearce Under-21 England managerSunderland striker Frazier Campbell has been included in the England squad to face Netherlands next week, after impressing in the last few games following a comeback from injury.

The sprightly forward has spent 18 months on the sidelines with knee ligament problems, but has been in good goalscoring form for Martin O’Neill’s men since returning to action.

Stuart Pearce will manage the team for the friendly fixture, and the interim boss has picked a number of players that have graduated from his under-21 setup.

Tom Cleverley is in line to make his full international debut, whilst Micah Richards has been recalled after long spells of being overlooked by Fabio Capello.

Steven Gerrard is back in the squad, but senior figures such as Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Joleon Lescott all miss out, as does Andy Carroll.

Maybe the biggest surprise omission is that of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been in sparkling form for Arsenal of late, but is included in the under-21 squad rather than the senior side.

Squad in full, as published on the FA’s website.

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).

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

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