Ryan Bennett and Declan Rudd handed England Under-21 calls

Norwich City duo Ryan Bennett and Declan Rudd have been called up to England Under-21's squad as they bid for 2013 European Championship qualifying.

The England youngsters face a trip to Azerbaijan on Thursday, September 6, before returning home to take on Norway at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium the following Monday.

Centre-back Bennett and goalkeeper Rudd played the full 90 minutes in the Canaries' 2-1 Capital One Cup round two win over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

The pair have been regular members of Stuart Pearce's Under-21 set-up, while Bennett was also included in the standby list for Pearce's Team GB squad at the London Olympics.

• England Under-21: Ben Amos (Manchester United), Declan Rudd (Norwich), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bennett (Norwich), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Ben Marshall (Leicester) Danny Rose (Tottenham), Adam Smith (Tottenham); Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Thomas Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace); Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Connor Wickham (Sunderland), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester).


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