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Man Utd defender Smalling: Wilshere absence no excuse for England U21s

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says there's no point England U21 pointing to the absences of Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll for their disappointing Euros campaign.

Hamburg signing Michael Mancienne claimed England would have qualified had Arsenal midfielder Wilshere not controversially withdrawn from the squad.

But Smalling insisted that was no excuse, saying: "You could argue if we had one or two more players, we could have had different options.

"But we had a lot of options on the bench."

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