Martin O’Neill delighted with Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell's surprise England call-up

Former Aston Villa boss has joined the well-wishers as the striker is a shock inclusion in Stuart Pearce’s first squad ahead of the friendly with Holland at Wembley

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is spoke of his delight for Fraizer Campbell after the striker received a shock call-up to the England squad for the friendly against the Netherlands.

Campbell has endured a torrid 18 months with injury problems but has returned to first-team action in fine form with a couple of goals to remind the Sunderland fans of his talent.

O’Neill has been boosted by the return of the 24-year-old but with the England squad dominated by high profile stars, the inclusion of Campbell was one that few saw coming.

"There are some terrific players there and getting a place in the squad is extremely difficult," O’Neill told the clubs official website. "He has only had a couple of games back.

"It's a boost, even just to be in involved for a few days. It's fantastic. Whether he does or doesn't play, to me, is immaterial at this stage.

"The news is a great boost... I think it would have been a bit of a surprise for him.

"If he gets the opportunity it would be great to take it."

Campbell has scored just 6 goals in 45 Premier League appearances since making the breakthrough at Manchester United in 2007.