European Championship U21 - Pearce: Duo will keep their focus

Thu, 09 Jun 15:32:00 2011

Stuart Pearce is confident Phil Jones' and Jordan Henderson's big-money moves to Manchester United and Liverpool would not distract them during England's European U21 Championship campaign.

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Jones and Henderson were allowed to thrash out deals with what are set to be their new clubs on Wednesday while the rest of Pearce's squad travelled to Denmark for this month's finals and the pair arrived later in the evening and played a full part in the squad's first full training session.

Their transfers had still to be completed on Thursday and there is the danger their minds could be elsewhere ahead of England's tournament opener against Spain on Sunday but Pearce said: "They're fantastically focused players and an absolute pleasure to work with."

He added: "I had contact with both of them beforehand to ask for permission to go and tie up individual deals this week with the clubs.

"If I was in their position, I'd want a deal tied up before I went to a major championship.

"I wouldn't want to be worrying about it and I think that was their mentality as well."

There is every chance more of Pearce's squad could be subject to transfer bids during the tournament but the head coach will not allow anyone else to complete a move.

"That's finished now," he said. "We're here as England players and those players will be fully focused on being here.

"I just deemed it was right and proper in regard to those two individuals before we actually met up that they did actually go and resolve those problems.

"I'm not actually aware at this stage that there is anyone else on the verge of moving clubs."

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