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Wilshere and Carroll Left Out of Under 21s Squad

Andy Carroll misses out through injury whilst Wilshere doesn't believe he is in a fit enough state to take part in the tournament.

Despite Stuart Pearce insisting that Jack Wilshere will travel to Denmark for the European Under 21 Championships, it was yesterday confirmed that he would not.

Also included in the provisional squad but excluded from the final 23 is Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

Since qualifying for this competition began in August 2009, Pearce has called up a total of 65 players demonstrating the huge depth that England have at this level.

Among the squad are a number of players with full senior caps including Micah Richards, Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson who share 16 caps between them.

Frank Fielding, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker and Michael Mancienne have also been involved with the senior side.

Stuart Pearce has said the following, reacting to claims that it was Arsene Wenger’s persistent beliefs that Wilshere should not be involved in the tournament. “Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere will not be part of the Under-21 squad which travels to Denmark. Andy has been ruled out through injury,”

“I spoke to Jack last week and he explained that while he told me in March that he wanted to be part of the squad, he now feels he is not in the best condition to take part in the Finals.

“That is based on the number of games he has played for Arsenal this season, sports science data which Jack was presented with last week and concerns he has for his fitness looking ahead to next season.

“Jack has always expressed his enjoyment at being involved with the Under-21 squad, and while I am disappointed not to have him with us for the Finals I’ve accepted the situation.”

Pearce added: “I am very conscious of the importance of looking after all our players, and that is why I have frequent conversations with club managers throughout the season.

“I believe that representing your country in international development tournaments can be a great advantage to players, and increases the chances of being successful at senior level.”

Here is the full squad:

GOALKEEPERS
Frankie Fielding (Derby County), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough), Alex McCarthy (Reading),

DEFENDERS
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)

FORWARDS
Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town)

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