Pearce backs down in row over Wilshere

ARSENAL midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be considered for selection at the European Under-21 Championships in June, according to England coach Stuart Pearce.

The former West Ham defender is a big believer that young players should not be fast-tracked straight to the senior side.

However, with Roy Hodgson’s team due to play a friendly in Brazil on 2 June, Pearce has conceded that

21-year-old Wilshere, winner of seven senior caps, and Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck will not be available to him.

“We [Pearce and Hodgson] had a brief chat and Jack and Danny won’t be considered, as they are gaining their experience through the seniors,” said Pearce.

“But I think anyone who is not a starter with the seniors must come into the category [of under-21 selection] because if not you cannot win anything at these tournaments.

“I have been barking on about that for the last six years and I will continue to do that until hopefully someone listens.”

Pearce has also confirmed he will only hold talks with the Football Association regarding his future after the championship in Israel.

“I enjoy representing my country, and we will speak in the summer after the tournament,” he said.

YOUNG LIONS

With England set to play in Brazil this summer, under-21s coach Stuart Pearce could be without several key players for June’s European Championships in Israel:

Jack Butland
Jordan Henderson
Phil Jones
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Jack Rodwell