Kieran gets a call
Tuesday, 05 October, 2010
Man City defender Kieran Trippier receives Under-21s call-up.
England v Romania
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2011
Play-Off First Leg
7.30pm, Friday 8 October 2010
Carrow Road, Norwich City FC
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Stuart Pearce has added a fresh face to his England Under-21 squad today, ahead of two play-off games with Romania this week.
Manchester City defender Kieran Trippier, 20, has been drafted in to what is now a squad of 21, following the withdrawal of three players in the last 24 hours.
With defenders Micah Richards and Kieran Gibbs both missing through injury and 'keeper Alex Smithies staying at Huddersfield with a dead leg, Pearce has given Trippier a debut call-up to his Under-21 squad.
Trippier, currently on loan at Barnsley, has previously represented England Under-20s and will join the squad later this afternoon at their Norwich base.
Pearce and the rest of his Young Lions met up in Norwich yesterday in preparation for the first leg of their crunch play-off tie with Romania at Carrow Road on Friday. And the England coach will be hoping his side can put themselves in a strong position before heading to Botosani for the away leg next Tuesday.
At stake is a place in the UEFA European Under-21s Championship Finals, in Denmark next year and if England are successful in qualifying it will be their third successive Finals appearance.