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.