Stuart Pearce wants Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Euro qualifier in October

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yohan Cabaye
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Stuart Pearce will ask England manager Roy Hodgson to make Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Butland available for next month's Under-21 European Championship playoff.

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce will ask senior boss Roy Hodgson to let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return to the youth squad for next month's European Championship playoff.

Pearce is anxious to use the best players available to ensure England qualify for the finals in Israel next summer, and will seek permission to use Chamberlain and Jack Butland from Hodgson.

He said: "There will be discussions between myself and Roy. As it always is, it will be down to the form of the players.

"Oxlade-Chamberlain is with the seniors and so is Jack Butland. If they play well they stay in the seniors. That is how it works.

"If somewhere down the line the England manager says, 'I'm not going to use this player or that player and he could be of use to you', fine."

Pearce's side will top their qualifying group if they avoid defeat to Norway in Chesterfield on Monday night.

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