England U21s squad named for Czech Republic and Germany

Thursday 19 Mar 2015
Southgate has picked a 24-man squad for the games with Czech Republic and Germany
England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate has named a 24-man squad for this month’s games against Czech Republic and Germany.

The Three Lions head to Prague on Friday 27 March where they will face this summer’s Euro Championship hosts before returning to Middlesbrough for a match against fellow Euro Finalists Germany on Monday 30 March.

Czech Republic v England

U21s International Match
7.30pm, Friday 27 March 2015
Letna Stadium, Prague

Southgate has been able to bring Arsenal defender Calum Chambers and Everton’s John Stones into his squad, as preparations for this June’s tournament intensify.

Former U19s captain Chambers was picked by Southgate previously last October, but has never been capped at that level after initially joining Roy Hodgson’s senior set-up as a replacement.

Stones was a regular in Southgate’s defence during the early Euro Qualifiers, but his last U21s appearance came a year ago in the win over Wales in Derby, before his impressive performances for Everton earned him a move into the senior set-up.

England Under-21s defender John Stones.

John Stones is back in the U21s, almost a year after his last appearance against Wales

There is also a first U21s call-up for Southampton left-back Matt Targett, who has been a regular at St. Mary’s this season and for Aidy Boothroyd’s U20s squad.

He has been joined in the group by Saints team-mate James Ward-Prowse, who missed the last two England get-togethers through injury but is now back to full fitness and featuring for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is also back in the squad for the first time since last May after injury ruled him out of the fixtures so far this season, before a loan move to Derby County has seen him back in action of late.

Striking options are bolstered by the return to the squad of Saido Berahino, who missed November’s games when he was called into Hodgson’s senior ranks.

England v Germany

U21s International Match
7.45pm, Monday 30 March 2015
The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Live on BT Sport
Call 0844 499 1234 for tickets

The squad will meet up on Sunday evening before heading out to Czech Republic on Monday, where they will spend four days working at their Euro base for the summer in Olomouc.

Tickets for the game with Germany at the Riverside Stadium are on sale now by calling 0844 499 1234. Tickets are also available online.

Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United - loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Brentford – loan from Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Midfielders: Tom Carroll (Swansea City - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading - loan from Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jesse Lingard (Derby County - loan from Manchester United), Alex Pritchard (Brentford - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough - loan from Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Danny Ings (Burnley), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)

By Nicholas Veevers