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23/02/2012 11:24, Report by Adam Marshall
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Six Reds in England squad

Caretaker England coach Stuart Pearce has named six United players in his squad for the friendly against Holland.

The team begin life after Fabio Capello with the Wembley fixture next Wednesday and uncapped Tom Cleverley has earned another call-up on his return to injury after missing the original clash, which was postponed in August due to the riots in London.

Fellow graduates from Pearce's Under-21 team, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck, are also included - along with Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney, who sometimes appear up front together for their country.

Rooney is in contention for a place despite being suspended for the opening two games of Euro 2012 and suffering from a throat infection that keeps him out of the Europa League second leg with Ajax. Former Red Fraizer Campbell, who has returned from injury to make an impact at Sunderland, has also received his first senior call-up.

"I've been on the road with Tom [Cleverley] for tournament football and he started the season fantastically well," explained Pearce. "It's been a bit stop-start with injuries for him but he's come back into a United shirt and they've played him in a central role, something I didn't do at Under-21 level.

"He's flourished really and they speak highly of him. From what I've seen and know of him, he has a bright future."

Pearce also revealed he has selected Rooney despite the summer ban because he wants to field an experienced side that is capable of beating Holland.

England: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Man City), Robert Green (West Ham); Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (United), Micah Richards (Man City), Chris Smalling

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