Noble named in Under-21 squad for finals

Mark Noble has been named in the England squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Holland this summer.

The 20-year-old Hammers midfielder was initially included in a 30-man party by coach Stuart Pearce, who has now cut that figure to 23 for the Championships, which kick off on June 10.

Noble is one of two new faces in the squad, along with Everton's James Vaughan, and he is also joined by his two Upton Park colleagues, Anton Ferdinand and Nigel Reo-Coker.

The youngster will be hoping to make his debut in a friendly match against Slovakia, at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground next Tuesday, before England face their opening fixture of the championships against the Czech Republic in Arnhem on Monday 11 June.

England Under-21 squad:

Ben Alnwick (Tottenham Hotspur)
Scott Carson (Liverpool)
Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Leighton Baines (Wigan Athletic)
Gary Cahill (Aston Villa)
Anton Ferdinand (West Ham United)
Justin Hoyte (Arsenal)
Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City)
Liam Rosenior (Fulham)
Steven Taylor (Newcastle United)
Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)

David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers)
Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur)
James Milner (Newcastle United)
Mark Noble (West Ham United)
Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham United)
Kieran Richardson (Manchester United)
Wayne Routledge (Tottenham Hotspur)

Matt Derbyshire (Blackburn Rovers)
Leroy Lita (Reading)
David Nugent (Preston North End)
James Vaughan (Everton)
Ashley Young (Aston Villa)