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Chris Smalling has been included in the England under-21 squad for their next European Championship qualifier against Greece next week.

The Fulham defender, poised to join Manchester United in the summer, has been included in Stuart Pearce’s squad for the stern test against the current group leaders at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium next Wednesday night. Pearce has also given first call-ups to Wigan’s Victor Moses and Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso.

ENGLAND UNDER-21 SQUAD (v Greece, 3 March)

Goalkeepers: Fielding (Rochdale), Loach (Watford), McCarthy (Yeovil Town).

Defenders: Bertrand (Reading), Mancienne (Wolves), Naughton (Middlesbrough), Richards (Manchester City), Smalling (Fulham), Tomkins (West Ham), Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Cleverly (Watford), Cork (Burnley), Delph (Aston Villa), Wilshere (Bolton Wanderers), Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Gosling (Everton), Lansbury (Watford), Moses (Wigan Athletic), Cattermole (Sunderland), Rodwell (Everton).

Strikers: Carroll (Newcastle United), Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Welbeck (Preston North End).