Sinclair to start in Denmark
by Jamie Bradbury
Thursday, 24 March, 2011
Reading keeper Alex McCarthy also in for full debut.
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Scott Sinclair will earn his third cap for the Under-21s after being named in the starting line-up for this evening's meeting with Denmark.
The Three Lions take on the Euro 2011 hosts, a game you can see live at www.TheFA.com/FATVLIVE at 5pm, in the first of two matches this week before heading to take on Iceland at Preston on Monday.
And Swansea City man Sinclair is starting for the second time under Stuart Pearce.
“It’s a massive honour to play at any level. I’ve played in the U18s and have worked my way up," he told TheFA.com "Now I am playing for the Under-21s hopefully I can keep improving and getting those caps for the Under-21s to push me on again."
This week's get-together forms a vital part of the team's preparations ahead of a return to Denmark for the eight-team tournament in June, and Sinclair is aiming to cement a place in the 23-man squad.
“It would be a great experience and obviously to be part of the Under-21s and playing against other top teams and different players," he said.
Also starting is Reading keeper Alex McCarthy who wins his full-debut after some impressive performances for the Royals.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards returns to the side for the first time in a year and links up with Manchester United's Chris Smalling in the heart of the defence (click here to hear what they had to say to FATV).
Fabrice Muamba becomes the third most-capped England Under-21 international in his 30 appearance, with only James Milner and Scott Carson playing more.
1 Jonas Løssl (c) (FC Midtjylland), 2 Anders Randrup (Brøndby IF), 3 Erik Sviatchenko (FC Midtjylland), 4 Andreas Bjelland(FC Nordsjælland), 5 Michael Lumb (AaB), 6 Anders Christiansen (Lyngby BK), 7 Kasper Povlsen (AGF), 8 Mike Jensen (Brøndby IF), 9 Nicki Bille Nielsen (Villareal), 10 Emil Lyng (FC Nordsjælland), 11 Nicolai Jørgensen (Bayer Leverkusen),
16 Mikkel Andersen (Reading), 12 Mads Fenger Nielsen (Randers), 13 Brian Hamaleinen (Lyngby BK), 14 Nicolaj Agger (Brøndby IF), 15 Jannik Vestergaard (TSG Hoffenheim), 17 Thomas Delaney (FC København), 18 Patrick Mortensen (Lyngby BK),
1 Alex McCarthy, 2 Kyle Naughton, 3 Ryan Bertrand, 4 Fabrice Muamba, 5 Chris Smalling 6 Micah Richards 7 Tom Cleverley, 8 Jordan Henderson, 9 Danny Welbeck, 10 Daniel Sturridge, 11 Scott Sinclair
12 Danny Rose, 13 Scott Loach, 14 Joe Bennett, 15 Jack Cork, 16 Connor Wickham, 17 Josh McEachran, 18 James Tomkins, 19 Nathan Delfouneso, 20 Marc Albrighton
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Next up for England on Monday is a game against Iceland at Preston. Tickets for the match at Deepdale are still available priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available from the ticket office, over the phone on 0844 856 1966 and online at www.mypne.com .