Spence to face Spain

Jordan Spence has been called up yet again by England Under-19s - this time for next month's friendly against Spain in Bournemouth.

The 19-year-old defender, who has returned to Leyton Orient on loan until the end of the season, is part of a strong selection that includes Jack Wilshere of Arsenal, Jack Rodwell of Everton and Aston Villa's Nathan Delfouneso. Spence has captained the U19s previously, having worn the armband at every level for the Young Lions and also featured in the 1-0 win against Germany back in December.

The Spanish showdown on 10 February will be a vital warm-up for the Elite round stage of the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship with England drawn against Scotland, Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The matches will take place in May. Hammers trio James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas and Freddie Sears are all too old for the U19s but could feature in the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be played in Egypt this September - if selected.