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Wholesale changes for under-21s

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England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has had to make a string of changes to his squad for this Tuesday's friendly with Italy following eight withdrawals.

Aston Villa loanee Kyle Walker pulled out to join the senior squad for their game with Denmark, while Manchester United's Chris Smalling, Manchester City's Micah Richards and Sunderland's Jordan Henderson have all picked up knocks. Also out of the squad are West Ham's James Tomkins, Bolton's on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge, Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs and Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

Leeds captain Jonny Howson has been called into the squad for the first time as a replacement, and has been joined by Chelsea's Josh McEachran, Barnsley's Kieran Tripper, Leicester loanee Kyle Naughton and Crystal Palace forward James Vaughan.

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