Blackburn midfielder replaces the injured Trevor Sinclair
Blackburn midfielder replaces the injured Trevor Sinclair, as Sven gives him his first ever call-up.
David Thompson has been called up to join the England squad by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
The news comes after Trevor Sinclair was forced to pull out. The West Ham man who was such a success during the World Cup picked up an injury in Saturday's match against Birmingham.
Explaining his decision, Sven told us this afternoon: "David has been impressive over the last few weeks and I have seen him play on a couple of occasions. I am now looking forward to working with him for these two important games."
Roy Evans, the ex-Liverpool manager who handed Thompson his break in the top flight, told Sky Sports News: ``I'm delighted. He has got great ability, he is an exciting player, he is tenacious and most of all he scores goals.
``He's nice to watch, he loves the game and he'll do a good job if he gets the chance.
``I'd like to see Sven give someone like Thompson the chance and hopefully he gets to play a part in the game.''
``I saw him playing in central midfield against Manchester City,'' said England coach Tord Grip.
``He played really well and scored a marvellous goal from 25 yards. I asked someone `Who is that?'.
``Then I remembered Roland Nilsson used to say Coventry usually played well when Thompson was in the team. ``Sven has seen him play on the right and left and that is very useful for us.
``He can be aggressive and maybe he has to control that a little but he deserves his place in the squad.''
Thompson was informed of his call-up by Rovers boss Graeme Souness this morning and expressed his joy at the news.
``It's the best feeling ever,'' he said.
``Coming to Blackburn is turning out to be a dream move.
``I feel I've been playing well and my name's been banded about a bit.
``But you can't afford to think about it too long though in case it affects your performance.
``It's fantastic news and, while I was playing just as well for Coventry, this certainly wouldn't have happened as the Premiership's the place to be.''
David Thompson Factfile
1977: Born on September 12 in Birkenhead.
1996: Turned professional with Liverpool after progressing through the Reds' youth system. August 19 - Made his Premiership debut as an 87th-minute substitute in Liverpool's 2-0 Anfield win over Arsenal.
1997: Spent three months on loan at Swindon in a bid to gain valuable first-team experience, playing in 10 First Division games.
1998: April 13 - Scores his first Premiership goal, snatching an 85th-minute winner as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Anfield.
1999: September 18 - Sent off in Liverpool's 2-2 Filbert Street draw with Leicester.
2000: Makes £3million pre-season switch to Coventry after starting just 24 top-flight starts for Liverpool.
2002: August 29 - Signs for Blackburn for £1.5million having scored 15 goals in 66 games for City. October 7: Called up to England squad to face Slovakia and Macedonia after Trevor Sinclair's withdrawal through injury.
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