Henri Lansbury should line up for England this evening after they travelled to Iceland in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.
The Reykjavik contest will be the second qualifier in the bid to reach the 2013 finals in Israel, with Lansbury having scored two and made two in the first, a 6-0 defeat of Azerbaijan last month. He also registered four days later in a 4-1 friendly win against the Israelis.
England manager Stuart Pearce, a former Hammer himself, is relishing the prospect of a tough tie tonight, as well as the trip to Drammen to take on Norway on Monday. "These are real high pressure games," he told TheFA.com about a match which will be screened live in the UK on ESPN.
"Iceland have done extremely well in recent years and their form at Under-21 level is certainly improving. They are well organised and have got some extremely talented players and a really good work ethic, collectively as a team. I have seen them on DVD and I see these attributes again and again from them."
Still only 20 and a possible skipper this evening, Lansbury was part of the squad that competed at the 2011 finals, when like Iceland they came up short. Pearce said both sides will see the benefit of that involvement.
"This summer, in the tournament, the players that went in the England and Iceland squads will have developed greatly from the experience they had. If you don't get the results and don't get to the tournaments to have the extra matches, then you don't develop."
"Everyone's is here and everyone is saying to me that they are fit and available to play. They are putting competition and pressure on each other and that is fantastic."