"We have a European Championship which will be a fantastic experience.
"The Premier and Football League clubs said they would support us, so clubs would release them, and yet now there are a few whose clubs want to take them on preseason trips.
"We have five lads we might have issues with. They will never get that tournament experience against quality opposition otherwise. Phil Jones, the Blackburn lad and a first-team player, who is outstanding, will be a key player if we are going to do any good in that tournament. We have Nathan Delfouneso, a key player, and we want him released by Aston Villa."
"I had a word with the chairman and the kids were released.
"It's a great honour to play for your country and we wouldn't want to stop them from playing. It's important, whatever age group, whatever level, it's something you strive for.
"I have never stopped anyone from playing for their country wherever they are from. I always encourage that and this is no different. If they need the kids we will get it sorted out."
"If you find the greatest tournament on earth boring, then you probably shouldn't be here."
"It’s a good group of players that we’ve got and it’s a group that we’re looking forward to working with," he said.
"The lads we wanted, we have managed to get, so I’m pleased with the squad and we’re looking forward to it.
"It’s the next progression, they’ve all been involved in qualifying, so they’re the ones that are going to the Finals.
He went on to say, "we will work with them over the next week and then see where that takes us.
"Experience definitely helps and obviously we had six under-age lads last year and most of them are coming along again, aside from big Nile Ranger who is injured."
"The boys who are in there again made a good contribution last year and we’re looking forward to them leading the group this year."
"It's the best against the best and that has got to be better than a few pre-season games."
"These tournaments are the only way to really benchmark our players. There really is no substitute for tournament football..."