The summer is upon us and with it come the international fixtures for the football-starved masses. We knew that Stu Holden will be called into the United States Men's National Team camp for the upcoming Gold Cup tournament but the rest of Bolton Wanderers' international involvement this year is very much up in the air. Well, most of it. The FA have just announced their squad for the U21 Euro Finals and Marvin Sordell has made the cut.
Sordell, who scored eight times in 28 appearances for Bolton Wanderers this season, has been a consistent presence in Stuart Pearce's England U21 squad for the last few seasons, as has former Bolton loanee Craig Dawson.
Craig Dawson spent three months on loan at Bolton Wanderers and scored four times in 16 league appearances. On top of that, he is credited as the main force in stabilizing Bolton's defense and helping the team mount a real push for the play-offs in the season's dying stages.
The two will continue their place in the side for the U21 Euro tournament in Israel this summer. The team is scheduled to play three matches in the group stages and has the opportunity to advance to further rounds based on their performances. Both last featured together for England in late March as the Three Lions comfortably beat Romania
Speaking in the FA's official release, manager Stuart Pearce said:
"We set out two years ago to win the tournament. It's a four-step process; you have to get out of your group in qualification, you have to win the play-off, get out of the group in the Finals, then win the tournament."
The full squad, below, certainly looks capable of making a push for that.
Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Lees (Leeds United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)
Nat Chalobah (Watford - loan from Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Tom Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Queens Park Rangers - loan from Tottenham Hotspur)