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Ince Set For European Championship

Posted: Tue 14 May 2013
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Winger Named In Under-21 Squad

Thomas Ince has been named in Stuart Pearce's 23-man England Under-21 squad for the UEFA European Championship in Israel.

The 21-year-old joins former Blackpool loan players Jonjo Shelvey and Callum McManaman in the setup, with the first game taking place against Italy on 5 June. 

Although Ince will miss the opener due to suspension, he's delighted to be representing his country at such a prestigious event. 

"That stage has had some World Cup winners so there's been some fantastic players who have played in the tournament," he said. "This is another chapter in my life that I never expected but it's come along now. I'm over the moon and proud to be involved and it shows that what I've done on the pitch this season has been good. 

"I'll just keep my head down and make sure that I go to the Euros fit and ready to play how I've been playing for Blackpool this season."

23-man England Under-21 Squad: 

Goalkeepers - Jack Butland (Stoke City), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)

Defenders - Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Lees (Leeds United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)

Midfielders - Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford - loan from Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Queens Park Rangers - loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards - Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers), Connor Wickham (Sunderland), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace - on loan from Manchester United)

England's Group Fixture Schedule: 

Wednesday 5 June vs Italy, Tel Aviv (7.30pm)
Saturday 8 June vs Norway, Petah Tikva (5pm)
Tuesday 11 June vs Israel, Jerusalem (5pm)