BULWELL-born striker and ex-Hucknall Town man Liam Hearn (pictured) has been selected for the England non-league squad.

Hearn’s outstanding form this season for Hucknall’s bitter Blue Square North rivals Alfreton Town caught the attention of the England C manager Paul Fairclough.

And it has now earned him a call-up in the 16-man squad for their friendly away to Malta Under-21s on Tuesday February 17.

The uncapped Hearn (23) is one of six players chosen from below Blue Square Premier level – including his Reds strike partner Paul Clayton – in an experimental squad.

He has 16 goals so far this season for play-off chasing Alfreton and also won the Blue Square North player of the month for December.

Fairclough said: “The fixture offers a great opportunity to blood a new generation of young players.

“With the final of the International Challenge Trophy against Belgium scheduled for May, the match against Malta will give previously uncapped players an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the final.”

Hearn was Hucknall’s top scorer in the 2006/07 season but was released in a squad shake-up by ex-Yellows boss David Lloyd in October 2007.

He joined Alfreton last September after a successful spell at Unibond League, Division One South side Quorn and a prolific spell with Bulwell’s Sunday-football champions, Scots Grey.