THREE IN ENGLAND SQUAD

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge have been named in the England squad for next week's friendly against Holland at Wembley.

Interim manager Stuart Pearce has named a 25-man squad for the game, which will be played on Wednesday, February 29.

Sturridge earned his first cap in the last England game against Sweden, when he appeared as a second-half substitute, while Cole is England's most-capped full-back of all time, with 93 appearances to his name.

January signing Cahill is in line for an eighth cap, and a first since arriving from Bolton Wanderers.

Pearce explained his decision not to include Frank Lampard, who himself has 90 caps.

'My mentality going into this game was what would I need to learn as a manager going into a major tournament in the summer and what would a possible next manager need to learn about individuals?' he said.  

'I know Frank, I know John Terry, various other senior players not in the squad, and I don't think I would learn anything from watching them play.'

Josh McEachran, on loan at Swansea, is part of the Under 21 squad that meets Belgium in Middlesbrough.

Also called up for international duty are Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, who are named in the Ivory Coast squad that entertains Guinea in a friendly in Abidjan.