Sunderland ace Campbell’s England chances improving

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FRAIZER Campbell’s chances of making his England debut this week have increased after caretaker boss Stuart Pearce was hit by a double withdrawal.

Both former Sunderland striker Darren Bent and Manchester United hitman Wayne Rooney have pulled out of Wednesday’s friendly with Holland, leaving Pearce with just three available strikers.

Bent left the DW Stadium on crutches on Saturday after injuring his ankle in Aston Villa’s stalemate with Wigan, while Rooney is still suffering from a throat infection.

That leaves Pearce with just Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck and Black Cats hitman Campbell (right) at his disposal, who have only four caps between them.

Welbeck would appear to be the most likely of the trio to start, although Campbell could now feature from the bench after the 24-year-old, a second half substitute for Sunderland in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at West Brom, was the shock call-up by Pearce last week.

The interim England boss does have the option of selecting Theo Walcott, Steven Gerrard or Ashley Young in advanced attacking roles.

Pearce may also be tempted to draft in additional bodies with Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe all left out of the youthful original squad.