The issue of who should and shouldn't be included in Stuart Pearce's tournament squad for Denmark depends on what you think the purpose of Under-21 football should be.
Some believe it is about winning competitions, but I believe it is about the development of players. The senior team is the one for which results really count, most particularly in qualifying games, and then the major tournaments.
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Fabio Capello's England side will be better served having Jack available for both the Swiss game and the finals in Poland and Ukraine in 2012. If you want him at his peak next summer, you don't want him playing throughout this summer. After the Switzerland game at Wembley, he needs a good holiday and plenty of rest.
Wilshere has shown us all season that his level is full international football. It is where he belongs now. The Under-21 finals can be of benefit to players who have not reached that level, even if they have been capped by the full team. There are players who have played for Capello but whose development will still be helped by appearing for the Under-21s.
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It's all about your priorities. Success is the barometer for the full England team. You should be measured by trophies and how far you go in tournaments. The measurement for the Under-21s, Under-19s and all those squads should be how many people come through ready to play for the full team.
Pearce should not be judged on if he wins the European Championship but how many of his squad end up playing for their country at senior level.
He has a very good track record so far in preparing the likes of Joe Hart, Adam Johnson and Andy Carroll for full international football and nobody should be dismissive of that. And if he doesn't win the Under-21 Championship this summer, I think people would accept that if he brings through players for the full England team.
The absence of Wayne Rooney, who is suspended for the Swiss game, will give a chance to one or more other strikers. I've heard Capello's selection up front described as limited, but it's still strong enough to beat Switzerland. I can't see any other outcome.
Darren Bent has scored vital goals since he moved to Aston Villa. Bobby Zamora should be flying after a good end to an injury-interrupted season and Peter Crouch gives you another option in attack.
Rooney would improve any team but there is no point in bemoaning his absence. He's not available and it's the players who are available who are important. And I think Capello has picked the best available; there is no striker who immediately springs to mind who you think should have been in the squad.
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England have beaten Switzerland handsomely over there and there is enough in their party to get another positive result, which they need with Montenegro sharing the group's top spot with them.
Capello has the options to play a number of ways. He can play a 4-4-2 - if you have three strikers in the squad, you've got enough to play two of them! That way, you can make Crouch a focal point.
Or he could go to a 4-3-3. If you play that system, the greatest attribute you'd want for your striker is the ability to score goals - and Bent certainly has that.
The important thing is for nobody in the team to turn up and worry about who is missing. That is the quickest route to making excuses. I don't think Capello will allow that and I am sure Switzerland and most teams also have players missing.
You go with what you've got. I've never seen any outcome other than a win for England and nothing has changed my mind. And that is more important than where the Under-21s finish in their tournament.
The Nations Cup is simply a tournament too farThe Carling Nations Cup, pitting Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland against each other, was a reasonable idea. It's a romantic thought to have four smaller football countries with such strong ties playing in a mini-league to see who is best.
Unfortunately, the public have voted with their feet and so have many of the players, judging by the amount of withdrawals from three of the countries.
To have crowds of five and six thousand for 'local derbies' tells its own story. So does the attendance of just 529 between Wales and Northern Ireland on Friday night. The fans are tired at the end of the season and the players don't really need it, either.
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To play extra games in a crowded fixture list hasn't really worked. If it hadn't been for the Scotland fans who turned up for their game against Wales in midweek, the stadium would have been completely empty.
I think it's a fact of life that spectators at the end of the season only have a limited amount of enthusiasm, and money, left. And the Nations Cup has not captured the imagination. I think they have to take a look at its future.
I understand these associations need to raise revenue through sponsorship and TV rights, but the format, for whatever reason, has not caught on. I doubt the viewing figures were that terrific anyway.
Time has moved on since the days of the old Home Internationals. The countries competing in Dublin last week would have been better off just playing friendlies on the agreed international dates rather than squeezing in extra matches nobody really wanted.
Confusion over Rangers rulingOne thing that has confused me about the Alejandro Faurlin affair is the argument made that QPR didn't deserve a points deduction because Faurlin wasn't a 'Messi or Ronaldo' and could not have been that significant to the club's final points tally this season.
I don't understand that at all. Surely the key point was whether Faurlin was owned by a third party when QPR bought him. If, as the tribunal deliberated, he was not, then fine. QPR are cleared of that offence. But to suggest the quality of the player had a bearing on the outcome is wrong.
If an ineligible player appears in an FA Cup tie, his club are kicked out, regardless of that player's ability or performance. Why would that not apply in any competition?
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