England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has been dealt a double blow before their Euro 2012 second leg against Romania on Tuesday as Aston Villa's Marc Albrighton and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere are both out of the contest.
Villa’s midfielder Albrighton has not travelled with the squad due to a minor groin complaint sustained in the first leg at Carrow Road on Friday. He came off the bench in the second half of the first leg.
Arsenal’s midfielder Wilshere will miss the trip to Romania as England Boss Fabio Capello has called the 18 year old into the senior squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro. Pearce stated that Wilshere was disappointed at not being able to finish the job with the U21’s but understood the full national side is more important:
"The seniors rightly take precedence over the under-21s. Jack's performances have been unbelievable. I'm pleased he is going with the seniors and I hope he plays against Montenegro on Tuesday - but part of him is disappointed he isn't playing with us.” Pearce told the Sunday People.
Pearce has not called up a replacement player for the game against Romania, he would rather show his faith with the original squad. He will have only 19 available players for the game though.
England will be confident of going through to the European championships in the summer and Pearce doesn’t foresee any problems with Wilshere and the senior side during the competition.
"I don't think I'll be having any debate with Fabio over Jack in the summer, though.” He added.
"The seniors have a qualifier against Switzerland on 4th June next year, and I don't think that our tournament would start until 11th June."
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