Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been called into the England Under-21 squad for tonight’s international friendly against the Netherlands.
The 17-year-old, recently named by England boss Fabio Capello as a potential for World Cup 2010, earned his call-up after the injury-enforced withdrawal of Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba.
The left-footed attacking midfielder joins Fulham defender Chris Smalling and West Ham pair Freddie Sears and Junior Stanislas, new Chelsea signing Daniel Sturridge and Newcastle’s Andy Carroll.
Wilshere was the undisputed star of the recent Emirates Cup, scoring twice and earning two Man of the Match champagne bottles. He joined Arsenal as a nine-year-old and made his debut against Barnet in July 2008.
The game against the Dutch is the first match for the Under-21s’ since the European Championship Final in June.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. CET (1:30 p.m. ET) at Groningen’s Euroborg Stadion.
UPDATE: England came under continuous pressure but ran off with a goalless draw against their Dutch counterparts. The hosts pressed forward after the break and Frank Fielding was forced to pull off an outstanding save to deny Vurnon Anita with two minutes left.