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Micah captains England Under-21s

Wednesday August 12, 2009Holland U21s 0 - 0 England

By William Wood | In England

Micah captained England Under-21s as they shared the spoils in a 0-0 friendly draw with Holland Under-21s in Groningen.

Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce, now in charge of the young Three Lions, named Junior Stanislas in the first-eleven, while Arsenal prodigy Jack Wilshere was among the substitutes.

Meanwhile, Micah was continuing his pre-season preparations and was honoured to be handed the armband by the man who also handed him his debut in 2005.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the first half, with Jack Rodwell going closest early on with a driven effort from way out, while Michael Mancienne also threatened the goal with a powerful shot.

Micah himself was dangerous in Holland’s penalty area, heading just over from a good opportunity before playing a nice one-two on the edge of the box and forcing Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul into a low save.

The hosts had chances themselves but met stern opposition in the form of Scott Loach, and the lack of rhythm in the game was made worse by the multiple changes from both managers just after the break.

Nacer Barazite did his best to torment England’s defence, forcing Frank Fielding into a solid stop midway through the second half.

Even with the introduction of Wilshere, Pearce’s men were unable to find a way through Holland, while they looked secure enough at the back.

The closest either team came to breaking the deadlock was with Vurnon Anita’s shot, denied superbly by Fielding once again two minutes from time.

Holland U21: Krul, Janmaat, Van Eijden (Bruma 46), Pieters (Blind 46), Kuiper, Donald (John 63), Fer (Van Der Heijden 46), Barazite, De Jong, Biseswar, Emnes (Anita 63).
Subs Not Used: Nienhuis, Goosens, Leerdam.

Booked: Janmaat.

England U21: Loach (Fielding 46), Richards (Naughton 58), Gibbs (Bertrand 58), Mancienne, Tomkins, Rodwell (Smalling 58), Stanislas (Sears 83), Delph (Wilshere 58), Cattermole (Carroll 71), Vaughan (Sturridge 46), Rose.

Attendance: 6,500