Exclusive – Sterling should be playing for the England Under-21s, claims Pearce

first_imgStuart Pearce believes England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate should get his pick of talent for the crunch Euro 2015 play-off clash against Croatia.The Young Lions face back-to-back clashes against the European side in the coming weeks, as they look to book their spot in the Czech Republic next summer.Southgate has already seen Arsenal defender Calum Chambers called up to the national squad, following John Stones’ injury, and has injury doubts regarding Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.And ex-Under-21 chief Pearce believes, with the senior side set to face San Marino and Estonia in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, players like Raheem Sterling should be representing the younger team.“What should happen is that the senior manager should say to the Under-21 boss, ‘you pick anyone age appropriate that you need and, after that, I’ll take whatever I’ve got’.“The senior manager will be thinking, ‘I’m going to win these two games [against San Marino and Estonia] and I’ve won away in Switzerland’.“That includes Sterling. It’s for the greater good of England.“As I’ve said before, unless we start winning things at youth level, it won’t replicate itself at senior level.“We’re trying to fix the roof before the foundations.”last_img read more