LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Stuart Pearce believes there is no point in taking youngsters Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley to the World Cup if they are only going to be sitting on the bench for the entire tournament.
Pearce, the former England Under-21 head coach, said Southampton 18-year-old left-back Shaw, who was selected ahead of Ashley Cole and Everton midfielder Barkley, 20, would be better off staying and playing for the England Under-21s this summer in the Toulon Tournament.
He said on the Colin Murray show on talkSPORT: “Why are we leaving Ashley at home and taking Luke Shaw if Luke Shaw will probably be the second choice?
“Wouldn’t he be better suited going to Toulon with the Under-21s to give him tournament experience in France against the likes of Brazil and Mexico. It’s the same with Ross Barkley.”
The Nottingham Forest boss added: “If Barkley is going [to the World Cup], and his form is pretty good, why hasn’t he played more than 45 minutes the whole season [for England]?
“He has been in the England squad the whole season, bar August when he played for the Under-21s against Scotland.
“Why haven’t we left Barkley with the Under-21s if he isn’t starting for the seniors?”