FRAIZER Campbell’s stunning return from injury continued today after the Sunderland striker was named in the England squad for next week’s friendly with Holland.
The 24-year-old has been included by caretaker boss Stuart Pearce for Wednesday’s Wembley clash with the Dutch, despite making just five first-team appearances for Sunderland since recovering from a 17-month lay-off.
Campbell, who scored in each of his first two games under Martin O’Neill, was capped 14 times at U21 level, but this is his first chance of impressing with the senior squad.
Sunderland boss O’Neill said: “It’s fantastic news altogether for him and it’s got to be a great boost.
“It’s interesting because I saw Stuart Pearce a couple of weeks ago at Molineux for Wolves against West Brom and he mentioned to me that there was a possibility of calling up Fraizer.
“I wasn’t sure that it was going to happen so I didn’t mention it to Fraizer at all, just in case it didn’t materialise.
“It’s really great news.”
England squad: Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).