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Delfouneso, Gardner and Baker called up by England U21s

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Delfouneso, Gardner and Baker called up by England U21s

By Dan Harrison

Nathan Delfouneso, Gary Gardner and Nathan Baker have been named in the England U21 squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Belgium.

Coach Stuart Pearce has included the Villa trio in a 25-man squad for the qualifiers as England look to maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

The Three Lions are up against Iceland at Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium on Thursday November 10.

On Monday November 14, they face a tough trip to Mons to take on Belgium.

Pearce's team are full of confidence following away wins against Iceland and Norway last month.

A hat-trick from Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a 3-0 win in Reykjavik before strikes from Craig Dawson and Jordan Henderson earned a victory in Drammen.

It will be a chance for central defender-cum-left-back Baker to add to his three caps for England U21s.

The Worcester-born defender previously represented England U19s and featured in the U20 World Cup in Columbia.

Gardner earned his first U21s cap as a substitute in the 4-1 win over Israel at Barnsley's Oakwell in September.

The talented midfielder has starred for Villa in the reserve league and the NextGen Series this term as well as making the bench for the first team.

Delfouneso is a seasoned England U21 performer having scored three times in his 11 appearances.

He also featured in last summer's European Championship finals in Denmark.

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By @AVFCOfficial 2nd November 2011