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England U21 coach Pearce eager to get back Tottenham's Rose, Blackpool's Ince, Man Utd's Zaha

Stuart Pearce is looking forward to having a number of key players back at his disposal for the England U21 team.

Pearce's side were without the likes of Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, Blackpool star Tom Ince, Manchester United signing Wilfried Zaha and Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury for their 1-0 loss to Italy in the Euro U21 opener on Wednesday night and Pearce is eager to have them back for the remaining group matches against Norway and hosts Israel.

"Am I going to miss a player like Danny Rose who has been outstanding for club and country? Tom Ince who has done exactly the same and Wilfried Zaha and Lansbury of course we do, they are big players at this level but this was about the players who stepped on the pitch but we will look Saturday and see who is available," he told Sky Sports.

"The big thing is that we played as badly as that and only conceded one goal, I think as the game went on the Italian threat was nullified, and Nathan Redmond's performance for his first at this level, he was a threat to the Italians and those two things are what I can take from this game.

"We probably now have to win both games but same could be said for Norway and Israel."

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