Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones has rejected Stuart Pearce's claim that he did not want to play in the European under-21 Championship.
He singled out Jones and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who both missed the event, saying: "Once through the ivory towers of the seniors they don't want U21s."
Jones said: "I didn't expect it and I am disappointed. It's simply not true."
Jones, 21, who joined Manchester United from Blackburn in June 2011, missed the first three months of last season - and another six-week period between February and April - with a knee injury, but he was called into Roy Hodgson's senior squad for the post-season tour to Brazil and completed the full 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw at the Maracana..
Hodgson is thought to have asked Pearce not to select any player on that trip for under-21 duty.
"It was totally out of my hands," said Jones. "Roy Hodgson came out prior to the under-21 tournament and said he regarded me as a senior player.
"How he [Pearce] can come out and say I didn't want to play for the under-21s is beyond me. I have represented the under-19s, the under-21s and the seniors. I said from the first day I pulled on an England shirt that it sent shivers down my spine."