Pearce names team for Greece game
Tuesday, 08 September, 2009
Two changes from the Macedonia game as Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley start.
Stuart Pearce has made two changes to his starting eleven for this evening's UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Greece and has handed a first ever start to Jack Wilshere.
The 17-year-old has made two appearances for the Under-21s, coming off the bench against Holland and Macedonia. He was fouled inside the Macedonian box for the penalty which gave England victory in their opening Group Nine match last Friday.
Wilshere comes into the starting eleven in place of Junior Stanislas, while Tom Cleverley, who is also making his full debut, replaces the injured Lee Cattermole.
Cattermole scored the winner from the spot in Macedonia, but picked up a groin injury and failed to recover in time.
In the absence of Cattermole, who captained the team in the last outing, Fabrice Muamba will wear the armband.
The match at the Asteras Tripolis Stadium in Tripoli against Group Nine leaders Greece kicks off at 5pm BST.
Team in full:
1 Scott Loach, 2 Kyle Naughton, 3 Kieran Gibbs, 4 Fabrice Muamba (C), 5 James Tomkins, 6 Michael Mancienne, 7 Jack Wilshere, 8 Jack Rodwell, 9 Daniel Sturridge, 10 Danny Rose, 11 Tom Cleverley
12 Chris Smalling, 13 Frank Fielding, 14 Jack Cork, 15 Miles Addison,16 Junior Stanislas, 17 Freddie Sears, 18 Danny Welbeck