Stuart Pearce feels Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend deserve more chances with England

Stuart Pearce believes that Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend and Everton's Ross Barkley should be selected more by England.

Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports that he feels Everton's Ross Barkley and Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend should be given more opportunities with England. 

Barkley and Townsend are still relative newcomers at international level, having a combined total of 24 caps between them. 

Pearce feels that their tally is too low, and he has urged Roy Hodgson to pick them before Euro 2016 in an effort to help him piece together his strongest line-up. 

"I wouldn't say there are question marks over individual people's ability, but question marks over who's going to be the starting XI come next summer," he said. "The likes of Andros Townsend and Barkley need to be given more experience."

England's next two games come against Estonia and Lithuania in the qualification stages for France 2016, and the games present a good opportunity for Hodgson to experiment.

The Three Lions have already qualified for the tournament, and there is little pressure on them in either fixture. 

If Barkley is called into the side, he will hope that he can carry over his fine Premier League form with Everton. 

The attacking midfielder has been one of the Toffees' standout performers to date in 2015/16, rediscovering the spark which makes him such an exciting talent.

Townsend, on the other hand, has made a slow start for Spurs, but he does generally save his best performances for donning an England shirt - and already has three goals for his country to his name. 

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