Pearce names Villa's Delfouneso in England U21 Euros squad

Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso has been called into the 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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