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Welbeck and Walker reject under-21’s

England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has failed in an attempt to take Danny Welbeck and Kyle Walker from the senior side, as he prepares for the crucial Euro 2013 qualifier against Norway on Monday night.

The under-21 team have won both of their opening fixtures in their bid to make the tournament in Israel, but with injury concerns Pearce was keen to bolster his squad.

With Welbeck only playing for 14 minutes as a late sub and Walker not featuring in The Three Lions’ 2-2 draw with Montenegro on Friday, Pearce had hoped the duo could help his cause.

However after speaking to the players’ club bosses, this will not happen.

“I spoke to [Sir] Alex [Ferguson] straight after the game,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I think it was important that we got the game out of the way, the senior game, to find out who contributed within the game.

“I spoke with Alex and he had concerns about travelling from Montenegro and then getting on planes and coming to Oslo and I quite understood that, to be fair.

“I had to make the call because we have only got one striker in the squad so we had a decent chat. I thanked him for his help and consideration and we moved on from there and I quite understood his position.

“I spoke with Harry Redknapp on the same evening as well and he gave us his consent to take Kyle.

“But Kyle’s girlfriend is due to have a baby very, very shortly in the next, I think, week or so and he had concerns about being away from home having been away for a week and that didn’t happen,” he concluded.

Ferguson’s decision to refuse Welbeck’s inclusion in the youth grade fixture will have been made with Manchester United’s trip to take on Liverpool at Anfield this weekend in mind.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Welbeck and Walker reject under-21’s

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