Easter set for Millwall loan
Stuart Pearce has recalled forwards Marvin Sordell and Nathan
Delfouneso to his latest England U21 squad.
Neither Bolton’s Sordell nor Blackpool’s on-loan Aston Villa
striker Delfouneso have featured since the European Championship
play-off with Serbia in October.
But both will have the chance to impress as part of a 26-man
squad to take on Romania and Austria in the last two friendlies
before Pearce names his squad for this summer’s Israel
Jack Butland drops back down from senior duty following Ben
Foster’s decision to come out of international retirement, joining
fellow full internationals Steven Caulker, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo
Shelvey, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha in the squad.
And Caulker’s Tottenham club-mates Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend
and Danny Rose are all included.
Pearce said: “We are now moving into our final preparations for
what we hope will be a prosperous summer. Next week is an important
opportunity for the players to impress as they look to secure a
seat on the plane.”
England tackle Romania at Wycombe on 21 March before moving on
to Brighton to take on Austria four days later.
Squad: Amos, Butland, Rudd, Steele, Bennett, Caulker, Clyne,
Dawson, Lees, Robinson, Rose, Shaw, Smith, Wisdom, Carroll,
Chalobah, Henderson, Lansbury, Lowe, McEachran, Shelvey, Sterling,
Townsend, Delfouneso, Ince, Sordell, Wickham, Zaha.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international made his
breakthrough at Molineux last season, enjoying a total of seven
appearances including six in the Premier League.
A further 16 have come this season although only four have been
starts and just one of those have come in the Championship.
He is yet to feature under Wolves boss Dean Saunders, who was
appointed in January, and now joins a Scunthorpe side battling to
retain their League One status.
The move is set to be ratified on Friday and Easter will go
straight into Kenny Jackett’s side for Saturday’s derby with
Charlton at The Valley.
The 31-year-old has played for the Lions before, scoring on his
debut against Swindon after securing a loan move to The Den in
Easter has scored twice in 11 appearances for Palace this season
but will now turn his attentions to helping Millwall pull clear of
the Championship relegation zone.