Friday, October 12, 2012

Robinson Gets U21 Call-Up

Promising Liverpool left-back Jack Robinson has been called into the England U21 squad for their upcoming Euro 2013 play-off against Serbia.

The first leg will take place this Friday at Carrow Road and the second leg will be in Serbia next Tuesday.

Stuart Pearce drafted Robinson into his squad after on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne were ruled out of both games due to injury.

The squad now contains four Liverpool youngsters, with Robinson joining Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom in the camp.

Robinson, 19, has previously represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level, and he became the youngest player to make a first team appearance for Liverpool when he made his debut at the age of 16 in May 2010.

This season, he has featured in the Liverpool squad for their Europa League matches, and started last week's 3-2 loss at home to Udinese, earning praise for his display despite the defeat.

Pearce is looking forward to taking his side to Carrow Road as they look to secure a place in next summer's finals in Israel.

They beat Romania 2-1 on their last visit to the ground two seasons ago which helped take them to the 2011 European Championships finals in Denmark.

"This play-off has been pencilled in for Norwich for a long while, simply because of how we have always been welcomed by the club and the fans in this neck of the woods," said Pearce.

"It's a passionate area for football, they love their team and they also love England, so always give us great support at Carrow Road.

"This is somewhere the Under-21s have always enjoyed playing and I am delighted we're going back."

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