West Ham's James Tomkins called into England U21 squad

West Ham defender James Tomkins
Tomkins has played for England U21s nine times before

West Ham's James Tomkins has been called into England's European Under-21 Championship squad as a replacement for Manchester City's Micah Richards.

Tomkins, 22, who has nine under-21 caps, received his call after Richards was forced out by a hamstring injury.

The Hammers defender will now join up with the squad before Sunday's friendly against Norway in Southampton.

England's European Championship campaign starts on 12 June against Spain in Herning.

Three days later they play Ukraine, again in Herning, before their final group game against the Czech Republic on 19 June in Viborg.

The semi-finals and final of the tournament take place the following week.

The loss of Richards, who has won 12 caps for the senior England team, is another blow to coach Stuart Pearce's squad, with Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere having been ruled out of selection because of injury and fatigue respectively.

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