Pair called up

by Stuart Vose

Wickham and Rose named in England U21 squad.

Connor Wickham and Danny Rose have been called up by England U21s for two upcoming internationals.

The pair are in a 28-man squad named by coach Stuart Pearce ahead of the games against Romania and Austria.

England host the Romanians at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park on March 21 before facing Austria in Brighton four days later.

Wickham and Rose will both be hoping to stake a claim ahead of this summer’s European Championships and Pearce is looking forward to taking another look at his squad.

"We are now moving into our final preparations for what we hope will be a prosperous summer at the European Championship in Israel," he told

"These games against Romania and Austria are our last before I have to name my 23-man squad for June. 

"Next week is an important opportunity for the players to impress as they look to secure a seat on the plane." 

He added: "I must say, I have been very impressed with all those who have been in the squad and it’s pleasing for me to see just how much they want to be involved and are hungry for success." 

Former Sunderland man Jordan Henderson, now of Liverpool, has also been included in the squad.