England U21 boss Pearce: Sunderland's Wickham needs to be playing
It was the £8million Sunderland striker's first goal for the U-21s and his first at any level for 11 months.
Pearce said: "The big problem is Connor hasn't played a great deal of first team football.
"Physically, this is quite demanding. The good thing is football of a good standard will benefit Connor and his club. I'm pleased for him."