Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill backs Lee Cattermole to join Fraizer Campbell in England squad

Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell is celebrating an England call-up.
Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell is celebrating an England call-up.

MARTIN O’Neill believes Sunderland could have had more inclusions in the England squad than just Fraizer Campbell.

Campbell’s remarkable return from a 17-month injury lay-off continued yesterday after he earned his first senior England call-up for next week’s Wembley friendly against Holland.

Lee Cattermole lining up to play for England Under-21s. Could he make the full squad soon?

Lee Cattermole lining up to play for England Under-21s. Could he make the full squad soon?

Black Cats boss O’Neill was suitably delighted as the news broke at the Academy of Light yesterday morning.

But O’Neill felt the likes of in-form skipper Lee Cattermole could also have got the nod from caretaker boss Stuart Pearce, who has named a youthful 25-man party following the exit of Fabio Capello.

O’Neill told SportMail: “Some of our players have been in good form.

“Certainly, Cattermole is playing well enough to have been given consideration.

“But I’m really pleased that Fraizer is there. It’s a great boost for him whether he plays or not, although I’m sure he’ll be up for it.”

Read more of O’Neill’s thoughts on Fraizer Campbell’s call-up, plus all the build-up to Sunderland’s trip to West Brom, in today’s Sportmail.

And don’t forget to read Graeme Anderson’s full match report in Monday’s Sportmail.