Manchester United defender Phil Jones is demanding a written apology from Stuart Pearce after being left furious following claims by the former England Under-21 manager that he lacked the commitment to play in the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

Pearce sacked by the Football Association in the wake of England’s disastrous campaign in Israel where they lost all three fixtures hit out at Jones Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere in an astonishing outburst this week.

The former England defender went further with his criticism of those players who had progressed from the Under-21s to the senior squad by claiming they have no desire to return to the under-age team “once they go through the golden ivory towers of the seniors”.

Jones capped nine times at under-21 level and eight times in the senior team is understood to have contacted the FA to register his anger at Pearce’s comments.

Although legal action is not on the agenda the former Blackburn Rovers player has made it clear that he expects an apology from Pearce who was criticised by the FA in a statement released by the organisation on Wednesday night.