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Micah watched as his team thrashed their opponents.

Tuesday June 9, 2009Micah Watches on as England U21s Thrash Azerbaijan

By William Wood | In UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Micah was sidelined through injury as England U21s warmed up for the European Championships with a 7-0 demolition of Azerbaijan.

The contest proved to be light work for Stuart Pearce’s side as an onslaught of goals put the Three Lions’ opponents to the sword.

However, with Micah joining the likes of Manchester City teammate Nedum Onouha and Gabriel Agbonlahor in the treatment room, Pearce was forced to play goalkeeper Joe Lewis up-front in the latter stages of the match.

Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne got England started within the first minute, while Azerbaijan stopper Elcin Sadiqov managed to direct the ball into his own goal shortly after.

Craig Gardner found the back of the net from 12 yards to make it three, Elvin Mammadov scored an own goal and Keiron Gibbs added a quick-fire brace.

Jack Rodwell added a late seventh to seal the rout in what was an impressive run out in Milton Keynes before the squad depart for Sweden, though Micah was a frustrated spectator.

A groin strain ruled him out, though the 20-year old is confident that he will be fit for the start of the tournament, giving Pearce another option at the back.

As such, the former City manager – who gave Micah his debut in 2005 – is confident ahead of the Championships.

“As a manager you can’t ask for more than that,” Pearce said.
“Apart from a couple of niggles we’ve got through pretty much unscathed.

“The spirit is good in the camp. I’ve had the boys for the last two days, they’ve been fantastic and they would be crestfallen if they missed it.”

England begin their European Championship campaign against Finland on the 15 June.