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

Caretaker manager Stuart Pearce calls up two new faces but omits veterans Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, as well as defender Joleon Lescott from his first senior squad

By Wayne Veysey at Wembley Stadium

Fraizer 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 but there are no places in the 25-man squad for Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joleon Lescott 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 in the friendly at Wembley next Wednesday but the inclusion of Campbell, 24, in the squad is a surprise.

He has only just returned to action for Sunderland after missing much of this season and the whole of the last one through problems with an anterior cruciate ligament. Campbell, who has 14 Under-21 caps, all earned under Pearce, has scored two goals in five matches since his comeback under Martin O'Neill last month.

Pearce has selected a mix of senior and inexperienced players, with thirtysomethings Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and Ashley Cole all included, as well as Wayne Rooney. 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.

Other notable absentees include Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and the injured John Terry, who underwent minor knee surgery on Wednesday.

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).

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.

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