Fielding of dreams
Tuesday, 10 August, 2010
Pearce believes 'keeper can only learn from Senior experience.
England Under-21 goalkeeper Frankie Fielding will complete a roller-coaster couple of days on Wednesday, when he links up with Fabio Capello’s Senior squad for their game at Wembley with Uzbekistan.
The Blackburn Rovers stopper only made his first start for Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions on Tuesday night as they beat Uzbekistan in Bristol, but rather than heading back to Lancashire straight after the game, he was transferred to the Senior base in Hertfordshire following the withdrawal of Ben Foster from the squad through injury.
He’s joined in the Senior camp by Scott Loach to provide back-up to Joe Hart for Wednesday's game and Pearce believes Fielding can do nothing but benefit from the whole experience.
"We're looking to promote from within, on occasion, and he's got the opportunity to go and meet the Senior squad now,” revealed Pearce, after Tuesday’s Under-21 game at Ashton Gate.
“That will stand him in great stead. He's got an international cap for the Under-21s tonight and will have a good feel-good factor about himself. He'll meet the Seniors tomorrow and be involved in the warm-up and beyond that, whatever the circumstances may be.
"Credit to him, he's a popular member of this group and that's what we've got to try and enhance, people who see a career pathway.”
Blackburn-born Fielding has previously won caps for England at U19 level and enjoyed some first team experience during loan spells with Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town and Leeds United over the last few years but has yet to make the breakthrough at Ewood Park.
And Pearce believes that this experience with England will only help him when he returns to his club to stake his claim there.
"He's very lightly raced in respect of the amount of matches he's played,” explained Pearce.
"He has been on loan to Rochdale and had some experience there, but he's down the pecking order at Blackburn and has waited very patiently to get a start with us.
“This game (Under-21s v Uzbekistan) was vital for me as Frankie's done very well in training. We're pleased he's had a start and got 70-80 minutes under his belt and got an international cap.
“We have to support young goalkeepers and young players. They might make the odd mistake now and then but we have to be there to support them and not cut them off dead which tends to happen a little bit I am afraid.
"People outside the squad and outside football, elevate young players and they also don't give them any support when things don't go so well.
“It's my job, and our job as a federation to support all the young players when it's going well and when it's going not so well, as tends to happen in a career.
"We've seen fit to elevate one or two players up in to the Senior squad and we've done that over two or three years now.
“If we keep putting on performances like we have tonight then we won't be too shy about pushing them up into the Seniors. But they have to get that experience by playing and gaining that confidence.”