Agbonlahor handed England U21 call-up

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Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has been called up to the England Under-21 squad for the friendlies against Norway and France.

The 23-year-old, who has two full caps and started for Fabio Capello against Spain during the last international break, was understood to have picked up a slight knock that needed assessing before he was named in Stuart Pearce's squad.

Agbonlahor has not scored in his seven club games since the Spain clash and was recently jeered by his own supporters, leading to Villa boss Martin O'Neill defending the striker.

He has the chance to play his way into form against Norway on Friday in Sandefjord, then France at the City Ground the following Wednesday.

Pearce has lost Steven Taylor and Theo Walcott to injury ahead of the double-header, while Aaron Lennon has received a call-up to Capello's squad for the friendly against Slovakia and the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross and Portsmouth's Martin Cranie have been drafted in by Pearce as well as Agbonlahor.

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