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Micah Richards and Fraizer Campbell named in England squad for Netherlands friendly

Caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has called in his list of players for next week's friendly against the Netherlands.

LONDON - Frazier Campbell and Tom Cleverley have been handed their first England call ups by caretaker manager Stuart Pearce.

Micah Richards has also been recalled to the first England squad since Fabio Capello’s departure as England boss but there are no places in the 25-man squad for Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard or Andy Carroll.

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had been touted for his first senior call up, remains in the England Under-21s squad.

Manchester United youngster Cleverley was widely expected to be called up to face Holland at Wembley next Wednesday but the inclusion of Campbell, 24, in the squad is a surprise.

Pearce has selected a mix of senior and inexperienced players, with Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole all included. The caretaker boss has not named a captain in the squad released to the media on Thursday morning.

Unsurprisingly, 11 of the 25 players figure for the two title chasers, Manchester United and Manchester City. Oddly, there are three right backs – Kyle Walker, Glen Johnson and the recalled Micah Richards – as well as United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

England squad to face the Netherlands:

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

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