Stuart Pearce insists the decision whether or not Jack Wilshere joins up with England for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley will be for "the advancement of the player".

The 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder is set to feature for the under-21s in the first leg of their crunch European Championship play-off against Romania at Carrow Road, however, after also being included in Fabio Capello's senior squad, the teenager could then find himself heading off to Hertfordshire rather than out to Botosani.

"I will speak with Fabio and, inevitably, the decision on what happens to Jack will rest on Fabio. But whatever decision Fabio, and probably after discussions with myself, comes to, it is for the benefit of the player, really, and the advancement of the player.

Pearce added: "It is not for personal gain for me or for Fabio."

Wilshere won his first senior cap as an 83rd-minute substitute in the 2-1 friendly win over Hungary in August. However, he was not required by Capello for last month's qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Pearce accepts it is a delicate balancing act, and one which will be done with the best interests of the player at the core.

"What we have tried to achieve certainly at the younger age groups, is to upgrade the players if they're going to go in and play," Pearce said.

"If they are not going to play, leave them in the age group where they can actually play 90 minutes and get 90 minutes' experience."

Pearce continued: "Fabio will have his own mind made up whether he wants Jack with him on Saturday.

"He will understand what the situation is in regard to players, how they are looking in training and the injury situation, whether he's got one or two players who are borderline injury-wise, because that might influence it as well."

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