VIDEO: Jordan strikes in training
By Jamie Bradbury
Monday, 03 October, 2011
The Under-21s met up on Monday ahead of their trip to Iceland and Norway.
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The England Under-21s squad joined up in Leeds on Monday as they began preparations for their upcoming Euro 2013 Qualifiers in Iceland and Norway.
Stuart Pearce initially named a 27-man squad, but over the weekend has seen his numbers reduced.
Three players, Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck were called into Fabio Capello's Senior Team for their Euro 2012 Qualifier in Montenegro on Friday night.
There were also injuries to Sunderland forward Connor Wickham, Tottenham midfielder Danny Rose, while Middlesbrough's Joe Bennett reported for duty but has since been sent home with an illness.
Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been called up from the England U19s squad as a replacement.
The team trained at Leeds United's Thorpe Arch base for the first time late on Monday afternoon and had to contend with a fierce gale that whipped around the field.
But with all members of the squad out on the pitch, the team looked unfazed by the conditions playing some sharp two-touch football in the small-sided game towards the end of the session.
There were some great goals to watch too, with one of the best coming from the boot of Liverpool's Jordan Henderson after a fine threaded pass from Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran. [click here to watch the video]
England will train again on Tuesday morning before flying off to Reykjavik where they will take on the Icelandics in the first of these two tough qualifying matches.
We'll bring you all the latest updates for the England Under-21s squad here or via www.twitter.com/thefadotcom
The England Under-21s squad in full
Ben Amos (Manchester United), Jack Butland (Cheltenham Town - on loan from Birmingham), Declan Rudd (Norwich City)
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Ryan Bennett (Peterborough United), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Adam Smith (MK Dons - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
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 (Blackpool - on loan from Liverpool)
Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Watford), Martyn Waghorn (Hull City - on loan from Leicester City)
For tickets for England's next home game against Iceland at Colchester United on 10 November, click here for ticket details.