Stuart Pearce slams Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for refusing to play for England Under-21s this summer


Stuart Pearce launched a stinging attack on Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – claiming they refused to join his England Under-21 squad for the European ­Championship.

Pearce, , also accused Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale of turning his back on Britain’s Olympic football team last year – the night before the squad was named.

It was on Manchester United star Jones and Arsenal kid Oxlade ­Chamberlain, however, that really found its targets.

He said: “There were eight players with senior international caps who could have played for my Under-21s.

“Apathy played a big part of it – the Oxlade-­Chamberlains of this world, the Phil Joneses, because they didn’t want to come.

“Once they go through the golden ivory towers of the seniors they don’t want to come and play with the Under-21s any more. Until we solve that problem there will be no success.”

Turning to Bale, GB boss Pearce added: “I was going to put the squad out on the Friday. On Thursday he rings me to say his back is not so good. But he plays his first game for Spurs pre-season the same day as we play our first Olympic game.”


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