Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll looks set for England call-up after being left out of Under-21 squad to face Germany

Josh McEachran and Scott Sinclair included
Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has been left out of the England Under-21 squad for the match against Germany next week.

The 21-year-old, who has scored seven Premier League goals already this season, is in line for his first senior call-up after his impressive start to the season.

Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran and Swansea City’s Scott Sinclair are included in the squad, however, and have been called up to Stuart Pearce’s new look England Under-21 side along with Manchester City’s Ben Mee.

City’s Micah Richards and Everton’s Jack Rodwell return to the squad after injury to provide experience to Pearce’s squad.

Pearce told the FA’s official website said: “There are three new faces in the squad in Scott Sinclair, who has done extremely well for Swansea, Ben Mee of Manchester City and Josh McEachran, who has performed well in the younger age groups and is forcing his way into the Chelsea squad at the moment.

“It’s only a small squad but we want to make sure that everyone has the possibility of getting some game time, and one or two players that have been with the squad, but have not had much game time will definitely get the opportunity to feature.

“Certain individuals will push their case between now and the summer for sure and those who have been solid for the team since last summer have got to carry on their form.

“Fabio picking one or two to step up into the seniors might mean we’ll be short of a few of those players, so it’s given me an opportunity to look at some who are not playing regularly at their clubs and need to get some football with us.

“One or two who have played a lot for their clubs will also get a little break if they’re not needed with the seniors.”

Sinclair, a former England Under-19 international, has made a huge impact at Swansea this season since joining from Chelsea, scoring 11 goals.

McEachran has made his Chelsea debut this season in the Premier League and the Champions League. The 17-year-old was also part of the England side that lifted the European Under-17 Championship earlier this year.

Pearce wants his squad to learn from the experience that comes with a Germany versus England match at any level.

He added: “It’s going to be tougher for us, being away from home.

“They’ll probably blood a lot of their next clutch of players and they’ll have a lot to prove, as we found out against France over a year ago when we were soundly beaten.

“Germany are very much unknown to us at this stage. By not qualifying this time around their focus will be sharpened for the next campaign.

“They have a new group of players coming through which means their building process starts for 2013 now.

“It’ll be a tough game from both nations’ point of view and both nations are looking forward to the game.

“I think when England play Germany the result always counts but you want to see performances, both from the collective and from individuals.

“We’ve grown and grown as a group and we need to take another step and, with this game being the last in the calendar year, it’d be nice to finish the game and this season undefeated.”

England Under-21 squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Frank Fielding (Blackburn), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Micah Richards (Man City), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Ben Mee (Man City)

Midfielders: Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Tom Cleverley (Man Utd), Jack Cork (Chelsea), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Strikers: Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Scott Sinclair (Swansea), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)

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