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All but one of the 27 players named in the England Performance Squad have played for their country. There remain three spots yet to be filled

The ECB today announced a 27-man England Performance Squad for this summer’s international season.

The EPS, which has been chosen by the England selectors, consists of 11 players currently on 12-month ECB central contracts plus six on ECB increment contracts.

Surrey pace bowler Jade Dernbach, who was called up to England’s World Cup squad last week as a replacement for Michael Yardy, is the only uncapped player included in the squad.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: “The England Performance Squad is designed to allow the selectors to monitor the development of international players and better prepare them for the demands of the international game.

“We can name 30 players in the squad but as we did last season have decided to keep three places vacant at this stage and will reserve the right to add additional players to the squad if merited by individual performances during the course of the season.

“Jade Dernbach is a player whose progress we have been monitoring closely for some time and he has continued to impress the selectors over the winter with his performances for England Lions and the England Performance Programme.”

England Performance Squad 2011

Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex)*
James Anderson (Lancashire)*
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)*
Ravi Bopara (Essex)+
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)+
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)*
Paul Collingwood (Durham)*
Alastair Cook (Essex)*
Steven Davies (Surrey)
Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)*
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)+
Graham Onions (Durham)
Monty Panesar (Sussex)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)*
Liam Plunkett (Durham)
Matthew Prior (Sussex)*
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)*
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Tremlett (Surrey)+
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)*
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)+
Michael Yardy (Sussex)+

*denotes 11 players on 12-month ECB central contracts
+denotes seven players on ECB increment contracts