Sunderland's Wickham hopeful of England Under-21 finals spot

The Black Cats' striker has been heavily involved in the Young Lions' qualifying campaign for the tournament in Israel and hopes he done enough to book his place on the plane
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is hoping to earn a spot in Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21 side for this summer’s European Championship.

Wickham has been an important part of the team’s qualifying campaign, scoring winning goals against Norway and Serbia towards the end of last year, and notching another strike in Monday’s 4-0 win against Austria.

And the 19-year-old has no revealed he is hoping he has done enough to guarantee his place in the squad.

"I've scored a few goals throughout the campaign, so hopefully I'll be in the gaffer's mind,” he told FATV. "But it's his choice and it's up to him who he wants to take.

“Anyone who has been involved in the campaign is in with a shout of getting on the plane.”

Pearce’s team have been in excellent form over the past year and have not lost a game since November 2011, culminating in the Austria rout on Monday.

Wickham revealed he was unsurprised at the ways the game went, and pleased his team managed to finish their chances well.

"I thought we performed well,” he said. "We can create ten or 20 chances a game and tonight was no different but we managed to put a few of them away.

“When they had the first and then second man sent off, it obviously helped us a lot.”