Duo set for Euros

West Ham United pair James Tomkins and Mark Noble have been named in England's squad for next month's UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Sweden.

Noble, 22, has been a regular member of Stuart Pearce's squad since making his debut as a late substitute in the goalless draw with Czech Republic during the last UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in the Netherlands in June 2007.


The Canning Town-born midfielder scored twice as England bowed out at the semi-final stage, losing 13-12 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw with the host nation.

Noble scored his first international goal against Bulgaria in a 2-0 victory in Sofia on 11 September 2007 followed by a brace against the Republic of Ireland in Cork on 16 October.

Noble has now totalled 15 U21 caps for his country, scoring three goals.

Tomkins, who has featured for England at every age level up to U20, has yet to be capped at U21 level but could now make his debut in the friendly against Azerbaijan at MK Dons on Monday 8 June.

The 20-year-old was part of England's squad at last summer's UEFA European Under-19 Championship tournament in Czech Republic.

Manager Pearce said he had no hesitation in picking the Essex-born defender, who made 15 first-team appearances for West Ham during a successful 2008/09 campaign.

"James Tomkins has come through the England youth ranks, had a good season at West Ham and this tournament experience will be invaluable to him," Pearce told TheFA.com

Former Hammers defender Pearce's squad will take on Finland in their opening Group B match in Halmstad on Monday 15 June.

The Young Lions will face Spain in Gothenburg on Thursday 18 June before completing their group stage campaign by tackling Germany in Halmstad on Monday 22 June.

Aston Villa duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner, Arsenal's Theo Walcott, Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor and Manchester City defender Micah Richards are all included in the 23-man party.

"We are very pleased with the overall balance of the squad," said Pearce.

"We have three or four players who are extremely versatile and can play in a number of positions. We also have a young squad with the players such as Fabrice Muamba, Lee Cattermole, Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck and Jack Rodwell all being available for the next campaign, so this experience will be vital for them.

"They may be young, but they have all had good experience with their clubs this season and we believe they are the finished articles at this level."

Group A contains hosts Sweden, Belarus, Italy and Serbia, with the final being played in Malmo on Monday 29 June.

England U21 squad

Joe Hart (Manchester City), Joe Lewis (Peterborough United), Scott Loach (Watford)

Martin Cranie (Portsmouth), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Andrew Taylor (Middlesbrough), Steven Taylor (Newcastle United), James Tomkins (West Ham United)

Lee Cattermole (Wigan Athletic), Andrew Driver (Hearts), Craig Gardner (Aston Villa), Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough), James Milner (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Mark Noble (West Ham United), Jack Rodwell (Everton)

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Frazier Campbell (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)