Stuart Pearce prepares for Euro 2013 Qualifiers in Iceland and Norway.
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Ahead of England Under-21s upcoming Euro 2013 Qualifiers
next month, Coach Stuart Pearce has named a 27-man squad for the tough away double-header in Iceland
The Three Lions started the campaign in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 victory over Azerbaijan at Watford
earlier in September, and also benefited from a 4-1 friendly win against Finals hosts Israel in Barnsley
four days later. Now Pearce is preparing for trips to Reyjavik and Drammen as he looks to take a stranglehold on Group 8.
England take on Iceland on Thursday 6 October
(KO 7.45pm BST) before moving on to their fixture with Norway on Monday 11 October
(KO 6.00pm BST)
Pearce's squad sees the return from injury of Liverpool's Martin Kelly and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose, while Manchester United pair Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones have also been called upon.
The Coach also brings in two new faces, with Blackburn Rovers Jason Lowe, who was in the U20s World Cup squad in Colombia
in August, and Peterborough United defender Ryan Bennett winning first chances at this level.
"Our start to the campaign earlier this month couldn’t have gone any better really," Pearce told TheFA.com. "If you win any two matches at international level 6-0 and 4-1 you have to be delighted.
"There were some very good performances within those games, the new-look squad gelled very well together.
"It’s only been three weeks since we were together so to have another week-long get-together so close is really good for us. The work starts in earnest now, with two away games coming up it’s important we get what we can on the road and preferably come back unbeaten."
Pearce added: "They are going to both be very difficult matches and important for all teams concerned.
"We felt from the outset of this group that everyone will take points from one another, and after Iceland beat Belgium and then lost to Norway it’s looking like that will be the case.
"The games will coming thick and fast, we've got these two next week, then a month later we have a game at Colchester against Iceland and one in Belgium. By the middle of November the group will be starting to really take shape." The England Under-21s squad in full
Ben Amos (Manchester United), Jack Butland (Cheltenham Town - on loan from Birmingham), Declan Rudd (Norwich City) Defenders
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Ryan Bennett (Peterborough United), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Adam Smith (MK Dons - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)Midfielders
Ross Barkley (Everton), Gary Gardner (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Henri Lansbury (West Ham United - on loan from Arsenal), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool)Forwards
Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Marvin Sordell (Watford), Martyn Waghorn (Hull City - on loan from Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Sunderland) For tickets for England's next home game against Iceland at Colchester United on 10 November, click here for ticket details.