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Routledge and Watson in England U-21 squad

Congrats to Wayne and Ben on being selected for England's under 21's for the first time.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing has been included in the England Under-21 squad, ruling out a possible inclusion in the senior squad for the game with Spain.

Downing was widely tipped to earn a call-up to the senior side after a string of superb performances.

Sven Goran Eriksson has been impressed by the left-sided winger, but he has been left in the Under-21 squad.

Crystal Palace duo Wayne Routledge and Ben Watson have been handed call-ups by England coach Peter Taylor after impressing in recent weeks.

Nottingham Forest's Michael Dawson returns to the fold after injury for the clash with Spain next Tuesday.

Full squad:
Camp (Derby), Carson (Leeds), Turnbull (Middlesbrough, on loan to Barnsley), Baines (Wigan); Davenport (Tottenham, on loan to West Ham), Harding (Brighton), Hoyte (Arsenal), Hunt (Bolton), Johnson (Chelsea), Ridgewell (Aston Villa), Dawson (Nottingham Forest), Downing (Middlesbrough), Milner (Newcastle), O'Neil (Portsmouth), Pennant (Arsenal), Darren Ambrose (Newcastle) Routledge, Watson (both Crystal Palace), Whittingham (Aston Villa), Bent (Ipswich), Cole (Chelsea, on loan to Aston Villa), Stead (Blackburn)


New England Under-21 call-up Ben Watson says that being picked among the elite young talents in English football is a dream come true.

Ben will get his first taste of life with England ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Spain and he believes that his stunning performance against Arsenal last week might have been what tipped the balance in his favour.

“It was a great performance for the team as a whole and I think I did well personally,” he explains. “To play against someone like Patrick Vieira, who for me is the best in the world in his position, was a great experience. I grew up supporting Arsenal, so it was really memorable.”

For Watson, proving himself against such luminaries as Henry, Pires and Vieira is another step along the road to Premiership progress.

“I’ve improved a lot this year,” he says. “I’ve had to. There are still elements of my game that I need to work on – I’d like to score goals – but I can already say that the Premiership’s improved me as a player.”

Now he meets up with Peter Taylor and his exciting young squad. Watson is looking forward to meeting up with the likes of Downing, Milner, Cole and Bent.

“These are the best players of their age in the country,” he states. “It’s a dream to be able to meet up with them and the rest of the lads. I’m looking forward to it.”

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