Agbonlahor almost wrecked his international future after dropping out of Pearce's squad for the summer's U21 European Championships, but the coach now says: "He's started the season on fire with us and his club.
"He has to maintain that and I feel he has the capacity to improve. They [the seniors] have got a couple of tight qualifiers. The next international game is only four weeks away then we go into a long break until February. There might be a situation where players step up and step back down again. It happens with other countries and there is no reason why it can't happen here. Steven Taylor did it a couple of months ago."