Spence earns U21 call

Jordan Spence's superb form for Bristol City in helping them to three wins in four Championship games since joining on loan has earned him a call-up by England Under-21s.

The versatile defender, who prefers to play at right-back, was drafted in to Stuart Pearce's squad on Friday ahead of Monday's friendly against Iceland in Preston, meaning he could line up alongside club-mate James Tomkins. Spence has captained England at every youth level up to the U20 age group but has yet to figure for the U21s.

The 20-year-old's selection came after Micah Richards picked up a hamstring injury in the 4-0 win away to Denmark on Thursday night. Spence and Tomkins could face fellow Hammers defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, with the Icelander a mainstay in their defence.