England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has rubbished claims from Patrick Vieira that English players no longer dream about representing their country.

Former Arsenal skipper Vieira said on Thursday that young players no longer dream of representing England and suggested they withdraw from squads too willingly.

But Pearce, whose side face Serbia at Carrow Road on Friday evening, said: "I think the most important thing is whenever they come here we have to educate them footballing-wise and they have to have a good footballing experience and enjoy each others company - I get that impression with them and have done over the years with the environment we create."

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