Pearce leaves out Walcott
Theo Walcott could be set for a return to the England squad after being left out of Stuart Pearce's plans.
Last Updated: 22/02/10 6:51pm
Theo Walcott could be set for a return to the senior England squad after being left out of Stuart Pearce's plans for the Under 21 clash against Greece.
The Arsenal winger has endured a frustrating campaign with shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries restricting his involvement at Emirates Stadium.
He has not made an appearance for Fabio Capello's side all season but appeared to be rediscovering his form over the weekend as the Gunners beat Sunderland.
Capello was in the stands to watch Walcott and may now consider him for the friendly with Egypt next Wednesday, the same day the Under 21s face Greece.
Pearce has named a 24-man squad for the European Championship qualifier which includes new faces Victor Moses and Nathan Delfouneso of Wigan and Aston Villa respectively.
"We just felt that Nathan has got a great commodity in his pace," Pearce said ahead of the game at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium.
"I've seen him play for the Under-19s and he can also play out wide as well as down the middle. And Victor has the ability to go past a player and be a match-winner, so between them they give us something different."
Jack Rodwell, Lee Cattermole, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere return to Pearce's squad following injuries during the last international break.
"The last squad we picked, there were eight players who had played the previous Saturday. I've named a 24-man squad for this one and there are 14 players who played at the weekend, so we've got a bigger number who are getting first-team football," Pearce added on the FA's official website.
"There are the likes of Jack Cork and Jack Wilshere, who have recently gone out on loan to Premier League clubs, while Victor signed for Wigan last month.
"Amongst this group there are those like (Michael) Mancienne, (Ryan) Bertrand, (Scott) Loach and (Fabrice) Muamba who have played a lot of first-team football this season too.
"So we have some experience there that can be very important for us."
Fielding (Rochdale), Loach (Watford), McCarthy (Yeovil); Bertrand (Reading), Mancienne (Wolves), Naughton (Middlesbrough), Richards (Man City), Smalling (Fulham), Tomkins (West Ham), Walker (Tottenham); Cleverley (Watford), Cork (Burnley), Delph (Aston Villa), Wilshere (Bolton), Muamba (Bolton), Gosling (Everton), Lansbury (Watford), Moses (Wigan), Cattermole (Sunderland), Rodwell (Everton); Carroll (Newcastle), Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Welbeck (Preston).