Manchester United star Phil Jones has demanded a written apology from former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Pearce this week hit out at the likes of Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for allegedly refusing to play for the England Under-21 side during this summer's European Championship.

Former Manchester City manager Pearce was sacked following his Young Lions' poor showing in Israel after he saw his side lose all three of their fixtures.

However reports suggest Jones has written to the Football Association to refute claims he is only interested in playing for the senior side.

Pearce said that the likes of Jones and Arsenal star Oxlade-Chamberlain were not interested in representing the Young Lions as they had gone through 'the golden ivory towers of the seniors'.

The eventual winners - Spain - on the other hand were able to select a number of senior players with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Isco and David de Gea all playing a significant role in their victory.

Jones is said to be seeking an apology as Pearce knew he would not be taking part in the tournament as former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Jones and fellow United centre-back Chris Smalling needed to rest over the summer months.

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