Downing misses out on England call
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing has been included in the England Under-21 squad.Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing has been included in the England Under-21 squad, ruling out a possible inclusion in the senior squad for the game with Spain.
Downing was widely tipped to earn a call-up to the senior side after a string of superb performances.
Sven Goran Eriksson has been impressed by the left-sided winger, but he has been left in the Under-21 squad.
Crystal Palace duo Wayne Routledge and Ben Watson have been handed call-ups by England coach Peter Taylor after impressing in recent weeks.
Nottingham Forest's Michael Dawson returns to the fold after injury for the clash with Spain next Tuesday.
Camp (Derby), Carson (Leeds), Turnbull (Middlesbrough, on loan to Barnsley), Baines (Wigan); Davenport (Tottenham, on loan to West Ham), Harding (Brighton), Hoyte (Arsenal), Hunt (Bolton), Johnson (Chelsea), Ridgewell (Aston Villa), Dawson (Nottingham Forest), Downing (Middlesbrough), Milner (Newcastle), O'Neil (Portsmouth), Pennant (Arsenal), Darren Ambrose (Newcastle) Routledge, Watson (both Crystal Palace), Whittingham (Aston Villa), Bent (Ipswich), Cole (Chelsea, on loan to Aston Villa), Stead (Blackburn).