Pearce fed-up with clubs' attitude to England U21s

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce is fed-up with clubs' attitude towards his squad.

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce is fed-up with clubs' attitude towards his squad.

The Young Lions suffered a 2-1 Euro 2013 qualifier defeat in Belgium on Monday as Pearce was forced to field a side without Phil Jones, Jack Rodwell and Danny Welbeck, who were all called into Fabio Capello's senior squad.

Pearce said: "The only way to compare the England Under-21s against the rest is to get all the best players and take them on.

"We don't seem to be able to do that. I have never picked my strongest team once. Never.

"You have to go with your strongest side and your strongest squad.

"We haven't done that. Spain have, and they have a trophy. In my early days I was not able to call upon Wayne Rooney to play for me and nothing has really changed since."

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