Yet, in speaking of players going through the "golden ivory towers of the seniors", Pearce left Jones hurt and confused as that is not how the 21-year-old views the situation at all.
And on a visit to his old school, Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland, to deliver football equipment he helped pay for as part of a combined initiative involving the Premier League, PFA and Manchester United, Jones decided to set the record straight.
"I didn't expect it and I am disappointed," said Jones.
"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."
Having missed the first three months of last season, and another six-week period between the middle of February and the beginning of April with a knee injury, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to protect Jones.
In addition, England boss Roy Hodgson would not countenance any player chosen for the post-season trip to Brazil to also be selected for Under-21 duty.