Pearce wants big names
Under 21 chief eyes Wilshere and Carroll call-ups
By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey. Last Updated: 29/03/11 9:07am
Pearce: Wants big bames
England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce has insisted he wants to call on his big names like Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll for this summer's European Championship.
"We would look slightly amateurish maybe if we decide to leave our best players at home." Quotes of the week
Both Wilshere and Carroll have emerged as regular members of the England squad under Fabio Capello.
But despite their increasing senior commitments, Pearce feels that because both players have played a part in qualification they should participate in Denmark this summer.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to have expressed their concern, but Pearce feels he should be allowed to take them.
As it is an official tournament, the clubs cannot prevent England from naming them but the Football Association is likely to have the final say on the matter.
But Pearce is adamant he wants them and, speaking after defeat to Iceland on Monday, he said: "Jack's been in this squad, he helped the squad qualify for the finals, and I know how good he is. The same with Andy Carroll, who's played three or four matches at this level.
"We would look slightly amateurish maybe if we decide to leave our best players at home because we generate this myth that we play more football than anybody else and all of a sudden maybe Spain turn up in our group and they might have a World Cup winner in their ranks.
"That would look rather silly I think."
One player who will not be considered is Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who would still be eligible.
"We feel as though he's had enough experience and deem him as a senior player so I won't view him for the tournament this summer," he explained.