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Walcott, Agbonlahor named in Under-21 squad

Theo Walcott and Gabriel Agbonlahor have been included in the England under-21 squad for the friendly against Wales on May 15 in Wrexham.

Walcott was an unused substitute with the seniors during the last international break, while Agbonlahor was on Fabio Capello's initial list for the France defeat before the squad was trimmed.

Both have a chance to impress Capello, along with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, as there is no clash with the end-of-season friendly for the seniors against Trinidad and Tobago, and any of the players can be promoted.

Franco Baldini, Capello's general manager, attends under-21 matches but with the seniors not meeting that week it raises the possibility of the England boss being available to watch his youngsters at the Racecourse Ground.

Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce has rested experienced players such as Steven Taylor, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon and Matt Derbyshire, while Nedum Onuoha is injured.

Middlesbrough centre-back David Wheater, Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson and West Ham's Mark Noble were named in the 23-man squad.

QPR defender Matt Connolly earned a call-up and Martin Crainie was back in the squad.

England's youngsters are unbeaten this season and are virtually assured of a play-off to reach next year's European Championships, which Pearce is looking at players for.

He rested most of his regulars for the recent friendly against Poland but has bolstered his latest squad with more experience.

'We've strengthened it up fairly considerably,' Pearce said.

'You look at the likes of Agbonlahor, Walcott, Michael Johnson who's lightly raced but highly fancied, plus the two full-backs Andrew Taylor and Martin Cranie are both coming back after a few months out coming back in and David Wheater's coming back in too.'