England Squad Announced: Cleverley Returns, Chamberlain Misses Out

By on February 23, 2012

Stuart Pearce has announced his England squad for the friendly against Holland next week at Wembely and as promised, it has a very youthful feel.

Pearce has named a 25-man squad on the official FA website and perhaps the biggest surprise name to be selected is Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard returns for his first match in 15 months, while Man City’s Micah Richards and West Ham’s Rob Green also return. Man Utd midfielder Tom Cleverley is expected to earn his first senior cap.

Notable names missing from the squad include Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick, Michael Dawson, Andy Carroll, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Lennon, and Peter Crouch, with some presumably left out as part of the ‘youth’ approach while others may have been overlooked.

Here is the Squad in full:

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).

Forwards:

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

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12 Comments

  1. harry

    February 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

    How Downing gets in is a mystery. He’s been appalling for Liverpool. I suppose he’s Pearce’s mate.

  2. Rob

    February 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

    No Holt? No Graham?

    Nice to see the team’s picked on form…

  3. lewis

    February 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Downing gets in because in England’s last game he was the best player on the pitch and basically won them the game. How is Frazier Campbell in and not Carroll? Have you seen Carroll lately?

  4. maddog

    February 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    oxlade is much better than a.young

  5. grem

    February 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Gareth Barry?

    LOL

  6. tethys

    February 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    In fairness “grem” Barry has played well this season BUT i share incredulity at Frazier Campbell and Tom Clevelly who have less than 6 games in premier league between them and are as yet hardly world beaters. Think Defoe Ox-Ch and Lescott a little unlucky as all three been on form this season together with Sinclair at Swansea.
    Still Stuart Piearce was a lousy manager at MCFC with NO eye for flair so be ready for some truly dour and dire stuff.

    • grem

      February 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Hi tethys,

      As you said dour and dire stuff. That aptly sum up what I feel abt Barry. He has not flair and not a player for the team who want to play fast football. He is too slow.

      The gd thing abt him is, he does what the coach want him to do.

  7. Skin

    February 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Stuart z bais. Why would include downing,campbell n cleverly? Nathan Dyer,scot sinclaire n arsenal wonder kid r better options. Carrick would av been a beta option for tom his team mate.

  8. LFCfan

    February 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    i wouldve had dyer and sinclair and carrol over rooney, young and downing and im an LFC fan..

  9. LFCfan

    February 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    wouldve had oxlade ahead of walcott too..

  10. shaun

    February 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    foul sensed. Chamberlain,sinclair,dyer should be in that squad in place of walcot/young/downing.to be sincere,these lads are good.no jokes,thats why england never do well in competitions.always choosing the wrong players at the right time.too bad.

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