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Pearce explains leaving Man City's Rodwell out of Euros squad

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce has explained leaving Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell out of his Euros squad.

Rodwell has only just returned from long-term injury.

Pearce said: "I spoke with Jack three or four weeks ago when he was coming back before he'd played any of his recovery matches for the first team. I asked him how he was going and he said 'I'm available if you need me.'

"But we just felt we had a scenario where we've got Danny Rose and Tom Ince suspended for the opening game.

"Jack's been really stop-start with his injury this season and the last thing we want him to do is take him to a tournament and it gives up on him again.

"I think it was a wise call but a tough call because I know what Jack can do for us.

"He's been a big part of the Under-21s for the best part of four years."

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