SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill has hailed Fraizer Campbell’s England call-up as ‘fantastic news’.
The 24-year-old has been included in caretaker manager Stuart Pearce’s squad for the friendly against Holland at Wembley next month.
It is the latest in a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the frontman, who has only just returned from 18 months on the sidelines after two serious knee injuries.
O’Neill said: “It’s fantastic news altogether for him, and it’s got to be a great boost.
“It’s interesting because I saw Stuart Pearce a couple of weeks ago at Molineux for Wolves against West Brom, and he mentioned to me that there was a possibility of calling up Fraizer.
“I wasn’t sure that it was going to happen so I didn’t mention it to Fraizer at all, just in case it didn’t materialise.
“It’s really great news.”
Campbell has been selected ahead of former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll, who fell out with Pearce over an England Under-21 selection a couple of years ago.
Campbell joins former Sunderland team-mates Danny Welbeck and Darren Bent in the squad.
Full England squad: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).