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).