Next Game

S Marino v England

Saturday, 05 September 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Last Game

Slovenia 2 - 3 England

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Pearce backs McManaman call

England Under 21s manager Stuart Pearce believes Callum McManaman deserves his call-up to the squad for this summer's European Championship.

Last Updated: 17/05/13 at 18:01 Post Comment

Stuart Pearce: Feels Callum McManaman deserves his call-up

Stuart Pearce: Feels Callum McManaman deserves his call-up

Wigan winger McManaman has been rewarded for his fine recent form with his first call-up to the Under 21s for the finals in Israel next month.

McManaman, who has represented England at Under 20 level, has caught the eye in recent weeks and was named man of the match in last weekend's FA Cup final.

Pearce has worked with McManaman before at the Under 20s World Cup in Colombia and he feels he will be a valuable addition to the squad.

"He [McManaman] has done really well," Pearce told Sky Sports News. "I have seen a fair bit of him over the last six weeks, myself and my scouts have picked up every game he has played over that period of time.

"I have been fortunate enough to have worked with him with the Under 20s two years ago in Colombia in a tournament there so I know what he is like as a boy as well which gave me a real good insight into him.

"But at this moment in time he is doing fantastically well for Wigan and I think he thoroughly deserves his place in the squad."

Pearce also backed Roberto Martinez for the job he has done in bringing through McManaman.

"I think Roberto has done a fantastic job with him," added Pearce.

"He's kept him undercover and at the right time fed him into the first team, and he seems to be thriving and seems to be improving game by game.

"We are pleased to have him in the squad and I think him having the experience of the Under 20 tournament in Colombia will stand him in good stead.

"I don't think he will come into the squad nervous in any shape or form. I think it will be a great tournament for him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company