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England names roster for Netherlands friendly

Thu 23rd, February 2012

London, England (Sports Network) - England interim manager Stuart Pearce named a 25-man roster Thursday for an upcoming friendly against the Netherlands, and Fraizer Campbell and Tom Cleverley were both handed their first call-ups.

Pearce also called up Steven Gerrard, who is healthy enough to rejoin the team for the first time since 2010. The Liverpool captain could also become England captain, replacing John Terry in that role.

Terry was stripped of the England captaincy by the English FA, which led Fabio Capello to quit as coach earlier this month. Pearce has stepped in to lead the team for its friendly against the Dutch.

"I'd like to thank Fabio and his staff for the education they gave me over the last three-and-a-half to four years, it was invaluable," Pearce said.

England hosts the Netherlands, 2010 World Cup runner-up, at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. England also has games against Norway on May 26 and Belgium on June 2 scheduled before the 2012 Euro finals.

Following is the complete England roster:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Robert Green (West Ham).

Defenders: Micah Richards (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Strikers: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

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