Wilshere and Carroll omitted

Stuart Pearce left out Arsenal midfielder Wilshere and Liverpool
striker Carroll in what is a blow for England’s hopes at this
summer’s tournament. Pearce had been confident both would travel to
the finals in Denmark upon naming them in a 40-man provisional
squad earlier this month but neither have made the final 23. It is
the withdrawal of Wilshere that will hurt Pearce the most after the
player repeatedly declared his intention to take part, despite
opposition from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. The 19-year-old has
ultimately come round to Wenger’s way of thinking, according to
Pearce, who said: “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.” He
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.” There was always some doubt over the
participation of Carroll, whose position on being drafted back into
the under-21s after making his senior debut was unclear. He also
reportedly expressed concern this summer’s tournament could do him
more harm than good after an injury-hit second half of the season
and Pearce today had simply one line to say about the 22-year-old:
“Andy has been ruled out through injury.” Pearce’s squad for the
finals was as expected when taking into account Wilshere and
Carroll’s absences. There were four players with senior-level
experience: Manchester City’s Micah Richards, Arsenal’s Kieran
Gibbs, Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck and Sunderland’s Jordan
Henderson. Frank Fielding, Michael Mancienne, Chris Smalling and
Kyle Walker have all been involved in the senior team set-up also.
England’s campaign begins on June 12 against Spain. They then meet
Ukraine on June 15 and finish their Group B fixtures four days
later against Czech Republic. The semi-finals and final take place
the following week. England’s final warm-up friendly before they
fly to Denmark is against Norway at St Mary’s on June 5, less than
24 hours after the senior side play Switzerland in a Euro 2012
qualifier at Wembley. England U21s squad for the UEFA U21
Championship in Denmark next month: Fielding (Derby), Steele
(Middlesbrough), McCarthy (Reading); Bertrand (Chelsea), Gibbs
(Arsenal), Jones (Blackburn), Mancienne (Chelsea), Richards (Man
City), Smalling (Man Utd), Walker (Tottenham); Albrighton (Aston
Villa), Cork (Chelsea), Cleverley (Man Utd), Henderson
(Sunderland), Lansbury (Arsenal), Muamba (Bolton), Rodwell
(Everton), Rose (Tottenham); Sinclair (Swansea), Delfouneso (Aston
Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Welbeck (Man Utd), Wickham (Ipswich).