Freddie ready for U21 bow

Having followed James Tomkins and Junior Stanislas in going out on loan, Freddie Sears is eager to emulate the duo again by making his England Under-21 debut on Tuesday.

The forward, who has joined Crystal Palace for the 2009/10 season, has been named in Stuart Pearce's squad for the first time for the friendly against the Netherlands in Groningen. Having impressed on his Eagles debut, a 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, former U19 and U20 international Sears is itching to show what he can do at international level.

Should Pearce select the 19-year-old, he could line up alongside West Ham United club-mates Tomkins and Stanislas, both of whom could be in line to start at Euroborg after enjoying loan successful spells at Derby County and Southend United respectively last season.

"Tonka and Junior went out on loan last season and did very well," said Sears. "The manager [Gianfranco Zola] talks about them and what they have done. I think that coming to Palace and playing games is the main factor, so scoring and playing well are extras.

"I have not experienced Championship football before. Saturday's game was a good starter for me. It felt good in front of a good home crowd, but I got kicked a few times!"

Sears revealed he had jumped at the chance to join Palace when the opportunity arose in the summer, stating his intention to start matches and to score goals regularly for the south London club.

"Last season was very frustrating as I was coming on for ten or 20 minutes and this season it will be good for me to be a main threat in the team," he said.

"I wanted to go out on loan last season and I spoke to the manager and said that it was a bit frustrating. He said 'I want you to go out. I want to play you here, but we have not got many players and I want you on the bench to come on'. At the end of the season he said that I could go out next season and have a crack at it.

"I came here and spoke to the manager for an hour and he said that I would play so that was the main thing for me."

England's U21 side will be keen to bounce back after going down to a 4-0 defeat by Germany in the final of the UEFA European Championship in Sweden in June.

Since then, Pearce has lost a host of established U21 stars, including captain Mark Noble, Aston Villa's James Milner and Birmingham City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

However, with the likes of Sears, Tomkins, Stanislas, Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell, Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere and Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge at his disposal, the former West Ham and England left-back will be hopeful of going one better in Denmark in 2011.

England's qualification campaign will begin with three Group Nine matches in Macedonia and Greece on 4 and 8 September.