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2013-10-03T12:16:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:51:31

Rav earns England U21 call-up

West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison has been rewarded for his fine start to the 2013/14 season by earning his maiden England U21 call-up.

The 20-year-old, who has scored three goals in seven eye-catching appearances this term, has been named in Gareth Southgate's squad for UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying matches with San Marino and Lithuania.

The No15 will travel with the Young Lions to face San Marino at Serravelle Stadium on Thursday 10 October before returning to take on Lithuania at Ipswich Town's Portman Road on Tuesday 15 October.

Under Southgate, England beat Moldova 1-0 in Reading before drawing 1-1 with Finland in Helsinki in their opening two qualifying matches for the 2015 finals in the Czech Republic.

While he has yet to be capped at U21 level, this will not be Morrison's first taste of international football. The in-form midfielder scored on his England debut at U16 level in a 6-0 Victory Shield victory in Northern Ireland in November 2008.

Three further caps arrived at U17 level in 2009 before Morrison earned a solitary U18 cap in a 3-0 friendly victory over Poland in Wycombe in November 2010. The game saw him line up alongside West Ham midfielder George Moncur, Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and West Bromwich Albion's in-form striker Saido Berahino, who has also been named in Southgate's squad this time around.

Morrison will meet up with his squad-mates at St George's Park following Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture at Tottenham Hotspur.

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