Tomkins and Stanislas called

James Tomkins and Junior Stanislas are in line for further England recognition after being named along with Freddie Sears in the latest Under-21 squad.

The trio, who all featured in the goalless friendly draw in the Netherlands earlier this month, will be with Stuart Pearce's squad when they take the first step towards the 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship in Denmark. The Young Lions begin their Group 9 qualifiers against FYR Macedonia in Prilep on Friday 4 September before heading to Athens to take on Greece four days later.

"The opportunity to have the players together for ten days gives us the chance to take a look at them a lot closer in training," former Hammers defender Pearce told "The Holland trip was vital for us to begin the start of another two-year cycle and see one or two new players before the competitive games begin.

"What we have to do as a squad is hit the ground running next week. We have two very tough qualifiers to start the campaign, both away from home, and we need to make sure we pick up as many points as we can."

Tomkins helped England to reach the 2009 UEFA Euro final and has four caps to his name, while Stanislas and Sears, who is on loan at Crystal Palace and played in their 2-0 Carling Cup defeat by Manchester City on Thursday night, earned their debuts in the Dutch draw in Groningen.

Club-mate Mark Noble has gone beyond the qualification age for the U21s and the midfielder will continue to push hard for senior recognition under Fabio Capello. Centre-back Jordan Spence, who helped loan club Scunthorpe United to a 2-1 defeat of Swansea City in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, is a regular at U20 level.

Jack Collison will also be on U21 duty on Friday 4 September after dropping down to help Wales in their qualifier against Italy in Swansea. He could still be promoted back to the senior squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Russia in Cardiff on Wednesday 9 September in which victory is vital for John Toshack's men to have any chance of reaching the finals in South Africa next year.

Elsewhere, Academy striker Danny Purdy is in the Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad to compete in an eight-nation friendly tournament in Poland from Monday to Friday next week.