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Pearce Challenges Youngsters

Pearce Challenges Youngsters

Stuart Pearce has challenged Gabby and Gardner to secure two caps each time they represent England.

The England U-21's face Slovenia at Hull's KC stadium tomorrow and both are in Pearce's squad.

However Pearce has said that a good performance against Slovenia could guarantee them a starting spot for next months European Championship qualifier against Portugal - implying that when you play for one cap, you are effectively trying to secure two.

Speaking on the official site, he said:

'We are in the scenario now where we are in the build-up to a big tournament so it's a vital match for us with our final qualifier against Portugal at Wembley on the horizon.

'Friendlies are not friendlies when you play for England, and as a patriot I was very proud every time I played for my country. Players are judged each time they pull on a shirt for England.

'And I've always said, if you play for your country you are playing for two caps. Play well in one game and you'll give yourself a chance for another opportunity in the next match.'

Gabby and Gardner have become almost mainstays in the U-21 side and whilst Fabio Capello picks old timers and proven failures at International level at least the look of the U-21 squad should give England fans some hope for the future.

Pearce went on to add:

'I've picked a strong squad for this game and it's down to those individuals now, and anyone outside that squad, to really start trying to nail down a place for the final squad next summer, should we qualify for Sweden.

'It's not me that picks the squad, it's the players themselves and their performances that will pick the squad.'



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday August 18 2008
Time: 5:03PM

Comments

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makes me wonder sometimes if its pearce keeping gabby out of the senior squad to suit his needs???
Astonian Villan
18/08/2008 18:02:00
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Cant blame any manager for wanting the best players he can put on the pitch in his squad. I suggest we would all do the same. No rush for Gabby he has years ahead of him.
col8
18/08/2008 19:59:00
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Yeh he has years ahead of him but god capello must be blind no young or gabby. Why did he bother watching us in iceland if he was only going to pick barry. Just hope for the sake of all those england fans he does not turn into umbrella man and ruin our national team again.
pksandell
18/08/2008 20:39:00
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I'm hoping that he didn't pick Young as he has already decided that he's in the squad for the Qualifiers so wanted to experiment a bit in the friendly. Overwise its a travesty that players like Jenas get picked ahead of him. As for Gabby, i agree there is plenty of time yet and he'll be hard to ignore when he finishes top English scorer in prem this year :P
KaBar
18/08/2008 21:56:00
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Not selecting Ashley Young was very definitely the big surprise, particularly after Capello witnessed first hand Ashley's performance over in Iceland. Strange one that Fabio. Curtis Davies will be knocking on Capello's door soon too. He really looks the genuine article, particularly considering that he's only just back from that nasty injury.
glensider
18/08/2008 22:41:00
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As for Craig and Gabby, Good Luck to both of them with the under 21's. Gabby's clearly made a great start to the campaign, while hopefully Craig, who I personally think is a gem, will get a chance to really get involved at Villa Park this season. Come On You Young Lions!
glensider
18/08/2008 22:44:00
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craig for nrc please!
Gruck
19/08/2008 00:25:00
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Regarding Ashley, maybe Fab C has seen all he needs to, and has already decided he is in the squad, I'm sure it won't be too long before this pair are England regulars, they seem to be great mates and enjoy playing together, hopefully that will keep Ash with us for a while.
steff_the_villan
19/08/2008 12:57:00
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If Gabby carries on as he's started he'll be impossible to ignore on the international stage. Ashley is already Engalnd class in my eyes, has to be the best option we have available for the left wing - but as much as I say that I imagine Joe Cole will still be getting that spot.
Mayo_12
19/08/2008 15:03:00
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