Walker and Clark join Under-21s
Thursday, 12 November, 2009
Ciaran Clark and Kyle Walker replace James Tomkins and Junior Stanislas
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England Under-21s Coach Stuart Pearce has called upon Ciaran Clark and Kyle Walker after losing two of his squad through injury and illness.
The Three Lions take on Portugal at Wembley on Saturday (12.30pm kick off) in an important Group Nine qualifier for the 2011 UEFA European Championship and will be without West Ham United pair James Tomkins and Junior Stanislas.
While Tomkins picked up an knock in training, which will see him return to West Ham for further assessment, Stanislas has been suffering from a virus and has shown no signs of improving so has also gone home.
However, in come Clark and Walker for their first opportunities within Pearce’s Under-21 set-up, but with experience at younger age groups under their belt.
Clark has captained both the U19 and U20 teams and has been a regular choice in defence for England's youth teams over the last few years. Tall and composed, he has also made his debut for Aston Villa this season.
Meanwhile Walker received his first international call-up earlier this year and made his England debut for the U19s against Spain in February after impressing in his early appearances for Sheffield United. Currently on-loan back at the Blades after a summer transfer to Tottenham, he became a regular in the U19s team and was an ever present in defence as Brian Eastick’s team reached the Final of the European U19 Championship in Ukraine in August.
For those fans not going to Wembley, you can still watch the game live, and for free, here on TheFA.com. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and will be streamed at www.TheFA.com/FATV.