Date:Wednesday September 28 2011
Posh central defender Ryan Bennett has received his first call-up to the England Under 21 squad.
Bennett has been included in Stuart Pearce`s squad for two European Championship qualifiers away to Iceland on Thursday 6th October and against Norway on Monday 11th October.
Pearce watched Bennett in the victory over Burnley at London Road last weekend and was impressed with the youngsters' performance at the heart of the defence.
Pearce said: "I`ve have watched Ryan twice recently in games against Burnley and West Ham. He did very well in both matches when playing above his years."
Other players selected in the squad include Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck and Everton midfield man Jack Rodwell. Danny Rose, who was on loan at Posh the last time they were in the Championship, is also included.
The Three Lions started the European Championship campaign in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 victory over Azerbaijan at Watford earlier in September.
Pearce is now preparing for the trips to Reyjavik and Drammen as he looks to take a stranglehold on Group 8.
Apart from Bennett, Pearce also brings in another new faces in Blackburn Rovers Jason Lowe, who was in the U20s World Cup squad in Colombia in August.
'Our start to the campaign earlier this month couldn`t have gone any better really,' Pearce told TheFA.com. 'If you win any two matches at international level 6-0 and 4-1 you have to be delighted.
'There were some very good performances within those games, the new-look squad gelled very well together.
'It`s only been three weeks since we were together so to have another week-long get-together so close is really good for us. The work starts in earnest now, with two away games coming up it`s important we get what we can on the road and preferably come back unbeaten.'
Pearce added: 'They are going to both be very difficult matches and important for all teams concerned.
'We felt from the outset of this group that everyone will take points from one another, and after Iceland beat Belgium and then lost to Norway it`s looking like that will be the case.
'The games will coming thick and fast, we've got these two next week, then a month later we have a game at Colchester against Iceland and one in Belgium. By the middle of November the group will be starting to really take shape.'
The England Under-21s squad in full:
Ben Amos (Manchester United), Jack Butland (Cheltenham Town - on loan from Birmingham), Declan Rudd (Norwich City)
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Ryan Bennett (Peterborough United), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Adam Smith (MK Dons - on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Ross Barkley (Everton), Gary Gardner (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Henri Lansbury (West Ham United - on loan from Arsenal), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool)
Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Marvin Sordell (Watford), Martyn Waghorn (Hull City - on loan from Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Sunderland)
Photo courtesy of www.theposhpics.com
Date:Wednesday September 28 2011
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