Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck And Emmanuel Frimpong Named In England Under 21 Squad

Old Trafford and Emirates youngsters get a chance to shine.

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England U21 manager Stuart Pearce has named Emmaunel Frimpong, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones in his squad for next month’s games against Azerbaijan and Israel.

The Manchester United pair were tipped to be named in the seniors for the European Championship qualifiers but will now have to wait their turn.

Welbeck had been tipped to keep his place in Fabio Capello’s party , while his new Manchester United team-mate was an outside bet to earn his maiden call-up.

Both were rare success stories from England’s dismal Under-21 Championship campaign in Denmark this summer, with Jones ending the tournament as captain.

Frimpong looks set to now pledge his allegiance to the Three Lions after initially claiming he wants to play for Ghana, where he was born.

But he, after making his full Arsenal home debut against Liverpool last weekend, could form a fascinating partnership with Jack Wilshere for years to come.

A host of fresh faces have joined a list of experienced U21 campaigners for the latest qualification period, as Pearce bids to see his side through to the 2013 European U21 Championship Finals in Israel.

Amongst the new names are West Bromwich Albion’s Craig Dawson, Everton’s Ross Barkley and Liverpool’s John Flanagan, Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Wisdom.

A number of players involved in the last campaign remain eligible for the new two-year cycle, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Martin Kelly.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Jack Rodwell (Everton) and strikers Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa) and Connor Wickham (Sunderland) all keep their places too.

Three new goalkeepers enter the squad, all vying for the number one spot in the absence of the injured Jason Steele.

Five of the 27-strong group have tasted success previously with the U17s, who lifted the European Championship trophy in 2010, including Andre Wisdom, Barkley, Wickham, Josh McEachran (Chelsea) and Jack Butland (Birmingham City).

The experience amongst that group will be invaluable as Pearce’s side look to hit the ground running against the Azeri.

“Our focus is going to have to be spot on from the offset because we’re in a qualifier straight away,” Pearce told the FA’s website.

“We really could be in the driving seat or alternatively it could be up in the air.

“I’ve got a feeling, looking at the sides in our group, that getting to the Finals will be difficult.

“You’ve got the likes of Welbeck, who is a still an U21 player, around the senior squad; the likes of Henderson mentioned in squads, and Walker.

“There are a lot of players who have gone through the system and that is also what we’re trying to achieve, give them as much experience as we humanly can, at all the age groups.

“I’m very pleased that a lot of players are pushing through at both club and country level.”

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Ben Amos (Manchester United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Declan Rudd (Norwich City).

Defenders: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Steven Caulker (Swansea City, loan from Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), John Flanagan(Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur),Andre Wisdom (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Dan Gosling (Newcastle United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool),Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool).

Forwards: Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Watford), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City),Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

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