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Tottenham Pair Picked for Upcoming England Friendlies

Scott Parker: Next England Captain?
Scott Parker: Next England Captain?

Interim England National Team Manager Stuart Pearce announced his squad for England's upcoming friendly against the Netherlands today. Two Tottenham Hotspur players were in the squad, as right back Kyle Walker and midfielder Scott Parker were selected for the Three Lions. The major question looming over this game of course is whether this is the last game before current Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp takes over the England squad.

For Parker and Walker, their selection cements the fine form they have had for club and country this season. Walker is one of three natural right backs selected (not to mention Chris Smalling and Phil Jones), so the pressure will be on Kyle to have the type of game that keeps him in contention for a place on the plane. Parker, however, seems a sure starter. And after John Terry's captaincy removal (and subsequent knee injury anyways) Parker looks a major contender to take the English armband.

Most disappointed to be left out would have to be the duo of Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe. Dawson seemed hampered by how recent his return from injury was, but with Terry likely an injury doubt for the Euros, a strong finish to the season could have Dawson back in contention. As for Defoe, the choice of long-term injured Frazier Campbell over him seems a very bad sign for his England prospects. It might take some fine form to end the season along with Harry Redknapp's appointment to get him on the England squad.

It's also worth mentioning that a trio of Spurs players received call-ups to the England U-21 squad as well for next week's friendly vs. Belgium. Danny Rose, Adam Smith and Steven Caulker all received call ups. Smith and Caulker are currently out on loan with Leeds United and Swansea City respectively.