Wilshere in, Ward-Prowse out for England under-21s says ex-Forest boss

Stuart Pearce

Former England under-21 coach Stuart Pearce wants Arsenal midfielder in the squad this summer alongside Harry Kane, but Southampton's James Ward-Prowse is out.

Former England under-21 boss and ex-Nottingham Forest manager has named his ideal starting line-up for the 2015 European Championships this summer.

Pearce told SkySports he not only wants Harry Kane to play for the under-21s this summer after making his senior debut last week, but he would like Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling to do so too.

Further recommended drop downs include Manchester United's Luke Shaw and Phil Jones and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

The message from Pearce is clear; pick the best players eligible to represent the side - but is it the right one?

Not even on the bench is the matchwinner in last night's excellent 3-2 win over Germany, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.

The impressive Nathan Redmond, of Norwich City, who also scored does not feature anywhere in Pearce's selection. 

Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey, currently 23, but still eligible as he was 21 when qualifying began, is also a surprise name picked by Pearce.

The decision on who to pick rests with current boss Gareth Southgate, and the thought he is likely to discard players like Ward-Prowse and Redmond is a no go.

Kane is a different case because he has played a key role in helping the under-21 side qualify for this summer's tournament, but for players like Wilshere, realistically the ship has sailed.

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