Young Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones has demanded former England U21 boss Stuart Pearce to write him a written apology. Pearce, 51, claimed that Jones lacked any commitment to play in the U21 European Championships this summer. He also hit out at Danny Welbeck, and Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Phil Jones is understood to have contacted the FA to make them aware of his anger towards Pearce’s comments, and although legal action isn’t on the cards, the 21-year old would like an apology from Pearce.
Jones has 8 England U21 caps, and 9 senior England caps, so realistically why would he want to return to the U21 setup as it’d be a step backwards for the young defender. For me the flaw is in the system, English football players are often overrated by coaching staff and pushed through to the senior team too soon as is the case here.
If you look at Spain’s U21 side that won the Euro’s, it contained the likes of Isco, De Gea and Morata. All of which haven’t been used regularly for the Spanish national side, but will now be hoping for a place as they have done their bit for the U21 side.
Right now England are on a downward spiral internationally, players like Ross Barkley and Wilfried Zaha have both been capped at full national level without really proving anything. This needs to change if England want to succeed in the future.