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Pearce ready to stay at helm as 70 England players put on finals standby

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce is preparing for the possibility of being in charge for Euro 2012 this summer and is speaking to Premier League managers about the fitness and form of players who are up for selection.

Pearce (49) was placed in temporary charge of the team for the friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley on February 29 and since then has continued to work on the principle that he could be required to lead the team in Poland and Ukraine.

As yet there has been no contact made by the English FA with Harry Redknapp, the favourite to get the job.

Letters have already gone out from the FA to a pool of English players, from established first-teamers such as Wayne Rooney to those who have only ever been named in provisional squads -- which is one step removed from the 25 or so players who are picked for any one international squad.

Consideration

The letters, sent by the FA's Club England department, have gone to every player who has been named in a provisional squad by former manager Fabio Capello over the past 18 months.

The letter has told the players that they are under consideration for the Euro 2012 squad and to be prepared to be part of the travelling party that will leave England for Krakow around June 5.

It is thought that as many as 70 players may have received the letter.

Already the England U-21s manager and coach of Team GB for the London Olympics, Pearce would expect to be part of a new manager's back-room staff, providing one is appointed.

England will play friendlies against Norway in Oslo on May 26 and against Belgium at Wembley seven days later. The squad is likely to be named soon after the end of the domestic season on May 13, with a warm-weather training break planned for Marbella soon after.

Pearce has hinted that the original Marbella base may yet be changed. (© Independent News Service)

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