Pearce names Villa's Delfouneso in England U21 Euros squad

Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso has been called into the England U21 Euros squad.

Uncapped winger Callum McManaman was the stand-out inclusion in Stuart Pearce’s squad for Israel when it was announced on Tuesday.

But the 22-year-old damaged ankle ligaments that evening in Wigan’s 4-1 defeat at Arsenal and faces three months on the sidelines.

Pearce has turned to Aston Villa forward Delfouneso, who was part of the Euro 2011 Under-21 squad in Denmark.

“Nathan was very unfortunate not to make the squad in the first place,” said Pearce.

“He has contributed a great deal to the Under-21s in qualification and was unlucky that Callum McManaman’s form was such that he had forced his way into the reckoning late on.”

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