England U21 manager Stuart Pearce set to name England U21 team for his senior squad
Football managers are infamous for wanting to rely on players they’ve already worked with. So with England interim manager Stuart Pearce possibly in charge for just one game, he’s calling upon players he knows very well from his proper job as England Under 21 manager.
Newspaper reports today suggest that Pearce yesterday phoned many senior England players to tell them they wouldn’t be involved for the friendly against Holland next week.
The Daily Mail reckons Joleon Lescott, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Bobby Zamora were among those who received a call saying they were told old for his experimental squad.
Pearce is set to name a team built around the core of his European Under 21 Championship squad from last summer.
Tom Cleverley, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Kyle Walker and Micah Richards are all expected to be included. Swansea duo Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair are also in line for call-ups, with Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker set to add some experience to the group.
Some players have expressed surprise at the decision to leave out many older players in the last selection before the Euro 2012 preliminary squad is picked.
Joleon Lescott said: “It’s strange, but I’m not one of those involved, so it’s a chance for the younger players to show how good they are.”