Pearce insists Sunderland striker Campbell deserves England call

England caretaker coach Stuart Pearce says Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell deserves his call-up.

England caretaker coach Stuart Pearce says Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell deserves his call-up.

The 24-year-old came back into the Black Cats side this season after nearly 18 months out of the side and has made an immediate impact with two goals under new boss Martin O'Neill.

Pearce, who has managed Campbell at under-21 level, said: "I know Fraizer quite well because the heads-up I've got is I've taken the majority of these boys to under-21 tournaments. He was fantastic on the road with us at under-21 level.

"He's come back into the Sunderland side and given them a real lift. I spoke to Martin about him at a game a few days ago and he spoke very highly of him.

"He's worked fantastically well to get back from the injury he's had. He's an exciting talent. I think he'll thrive by coming into this environment."

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