Sunderland striker Connor Wickham in England U21 squad

STILL AT SUNDERLAND: Connor Wickham (right) in training with Simon Mignolet
STILL AT SUNDERLAND: Connor Wickham (right) in training with Simon Mignolet

SUNDERLAND striker Connor Wickham has been included in the England U21 squad for next month’s Euro 2013 qualifiers.

Wickham is part of Stuart Pearce’s 23-man party for the games against Azerbaijan and Norway, where back-to-back victories would be sufficient to secure a place at the European Championships.

England travel to Azerbaijan next Thursday before hosting Norway at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Monday, September 10.

Sunderland new boy Adam Johnson was expected to be included in the England senior squad.

England boss Roy Hodgson was announcing his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.