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Villa's Blackpool loanee Delfouneso, Bolton's Sordell join Liverpool's Henderson, Sterling and Shelvey in England U21s

Stuart Pearce has named his England U21 squad for upcoming friendlies with Romania and Austria ahead of the summer's European Championships.

Pearce has recalled Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso, on loan at Blackpool, and Bolton's Marvin Sordell whilst Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland (still with Birmingham City) drops down from the senior side.

Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey are all involved as is Crystal Palace's soon-to-be Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.

The Young Lions take on Romania at Wycombe on March 21 before meeting Austria in Brighton four days later with Pearce using the fixtures as a test for his final Euro2013 squad.

England U21 squad for March friendlies

Amos, Butland, Rudd, Steele, Bennett, Caulker, Clyne, Dawson, Lees, Robinson, Rose, Shaw, Smith, Wisdom, Carroll, Chalobah, Henderson, Lansbury, Lowe, McEachran, Shelvey, Sterling, Townsend, Delfouneso, Ince, Sordell, Wickham, Zaha

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