Manchester United defender Phil Jones has rejected Stuart Pearce's claim that he snubbed a call-up to the England under-21s this summer.
According to Sky Sports, the United star is upset with the suggestion that he turned down the chance to play for Pearce at the European under-21 Championships in Israel.
Pearce was sacked after England's shocking display at the tournament, and the former manager singled out United's Jones and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for criticism this week.
The ex-under 21 manager claimed the Premier League pair refused to drop down to his squad after receiving call-ups from Roy Hodgson for senior friendly matches.
But Jones disputes this. He told Sky Sports: "I didn't expect it and I am disappointed.
"It is simply not true. I have represented the under-19s, the under-21s and the seniors. I said from the first day I pulled on an England shirt, it sent shivers down my spine.
"How he can come out and say I didn't want to play for the under-21s is beyond me. It wasn't nice to read what he said and I am sure Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is thinking the same thing."
Jones's call-up to Hodgson's squad saw him play two friendlies for the senior side - one against Brazil at the Maracana Stadium.
And the United star said he got invaluable experience out of the trip.
"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.
"I went on to play against Ireland and Brazil, so it wasn't a waste of time going with the seniors."
The United defender will hope to get another chance to play at the Maracana next year, as England look to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. They recently drew 0-0 against Ukraine, and currently top their qualifying group heading into the final two matches of the campaign.
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