Surman in for England
England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce has included two new faces in his squad to face
By James Dall
Last Updated: 30/08/07 12:25pm
England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce has included two new faces in his 23-man squad for the upcoming UEFA European Under 21 Championship qualifiers.
Southampton midfielder Andrew Surman gets his first call-up for the games against Montenegro and Bulgaria after impressing Pearce during the game against Stoke on Saturday.
Surman was born in Johannesburg but has English parents, making him eligible for both South Africa and England.
South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira had reportedly been keeping a close eye on the youngster but has lost out to England.
Norwich City goalkeeper Joe Lewis, currently on loan at Morecambe, also makes his first step into the Under 21s and Pearce is excited about integrating both players into his squad.
"He (Surman) is a very promising midfielder and I saw him play against Stoke at the weekend and he was in good form," Pearce told TheFA.com.
"Joe (Lewis) has been playing very well on loan at Morecambe and has come through the England system, so it'll be good to see him join up with us."
Pearce praised his side's performance after they drew 1-1 with Romania and is confident he can lead the team into the 2009 Under 21 European Championship.
"I was pleased with what came out of the last game. It was good to see the squad training and playing all together," Pearce added.
"With the players we still have from the Championship in Holland playing alongside the new players, I don't see why they can't go on and qualify for the finals again."
England 23-man squad: Ben Alnwick, Joe Hart, Joe Lewis, Martin Cranie, Craig Gardner, Michael Mancienne, Nedum Onuoha, Andrew Taylor, Steven Taylor, David Wheater, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Michael Johnson, Michael Knightly, James Milner, Fabrice Muamba, Mark Noble, Andrew Surman, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Dexter Blackstock, Matt Derbyshire, Luke Moore, Theo Walcott