Tonks part of Monday trio

Three young Hammers defenders could be on view when England play host to fellow UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalists Iceland in Preston on Monday night.

James Tomkins and Jordan Spence may figure at centre-back and right-back respectively for the Young Lions, while the visitors to Deepdale will boast Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson in the heart of their rearguard. Both nations have qualified for this summer's finals in Denmark and are among the continent's finest at this age group.

Tomkins also featured in last Thursday's 4-0 friendly win against the Danes, coming on as an early substitute for Micah Richards and more than impressing for Stuart Pearce's men. On the same night, Eyjolfsson played in a 3-2 defeat away in Ukraine.

Unlike his two younger club-mates, Tomkins has experience from the 2009 UEFA U21 EURO, when he was part of the squad that reached the final under Mark Noble's captaincy - only to lose to a Germany side boasting the likes of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira and Mezut Ozil.

"Things are coming along and we're putting the sessions in," Tomkins told "The lads are looking sharp and are full of confidence with their form at their clubs. We're all just looking to play well ahead of the Championship.

"Iceland will be good, they'll be a big team, but playing at home with a few thousand there supporting us will be nice. We'll see what happens and hopefully we'll get another good result.

"The team is picked on how you are doing with your club and I've been playing at West Ham, enjoying it and gaining experience. I think I've been playing well and hopefully I can take it to international level.

* Meanwhile, George Moncur and Robert Hall have both been named in the England squad to face Italy in an Under-18 friendly on Tuesday 12 April.