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Pearce stokes Walcott row

ENGLAND Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has risked the wrath of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger by naming Theo Walcott in a strong squad for next month&rsquo;s European Championships.<br /><br />&nbsp;The tournament comes just days after the senior team&rsquo;s World Cup qualifying double-header with Kazakhstan and Andorra, and Wenger fears the striker faces burn out for the start of next season if used in both.<br /><br />But defiant Pearce yesterday named Walcott in his 23-man party, along with fellow senior internationals Micah Richards, Joe Hart, James Milner and Gabriel Agbonlahor.<br /><br />Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, who was called up by senior boss Fabio Capello late last year but did not play, is also included.<br /><br /><strong>ENGLAND UNDER-21 SQUAD</strong><br /><strong>Goalkeepers:</strong> J Hart, J Lewis, S Loach<br /> <strong>Defenders:</strong> Martin Cranie, K Gibbs,<br />M Mancienne, N Onuoha, M Richards,<br />A Taylor, S Taylor, J Tomkins<br /><strong>Midfielders:</strong> L Cattermole, A Driver, C Gardner, A Johnson, J Milner, F Muamba, M Noble,J Rodwell<br /><strong>Forwards:</strong> T Walcott, G Agbonlahor,<br />F Campbell, D Welbeck