Date: 24th May 2011 at 9:05am
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Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham has been included in the final squad for England U21s ahead of this summer’s UEFA U21 European Championships.

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce had previously named Wickham in his provisional 40 man squad from which 23 would then be selected to travel to the competition in Denmark, which begins on 11 June. The 18-year-old, who only made his U21 debut in November 2010, was chosen in attack alongside Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck and Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso, who Town had recently targeted prior to his loan move to Burnley in March.

Wickham and the England U21s will start off with a friendly against Norway on 5 June before travelling to Denmark ahead of their first group match against Spain on 12 June, whilst Ukraine and Czech Republic are also in Group B. Wickham had previously been called up by England U19s for their European Championship qualifiers but will no longer be able to feature for Noel Blake’s side.

With the regular season over, Town have a number of players away on international duty in the coming weeks. Midfielder Josh Carson is expected to make his debut for the Northern Ireland senior squad in their Carling Nations Cup match against Republic of Ireland on Tuesday evening (KO 19:30) – a match in which defender Damien Delaney may also be taking part. Carson may also feature for Nigel Worthington’s team against Wales on Friday, whilst Jaime Peters is in the Canada squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in USA next month. New Zealand’s Tommy Smith, Hungary’s Marton Fulop and USA U20 international keeper Cody Cropper have also received call-ups for international friendlies since the end of the Championship season.

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