Monday 18 December 2017

Video: Pearce makes his pitch for England job

Martin Hardy

Stuart Pearce has given the biggest indication yet that he is prepared to lead England into the European Championships after stamping his mark on the squad during the build-up before tonight's friendly with the Netherlands.

Pearce has clicked into what he calls "tournament management", offering the English FA a possible alternative to making a long-term or even snap decision on the successor to Fabio Capello.

He has held a group meeting to inform the players of what length of break they will have before the finals in June and there has been a tinkering behind the scenes that proves Pearce is ready to stay in control beyond tonight's game if he is afforded the opportunity.

Capello had originally intended to take the squad to Marbella, but that is now under reconsideration.

"Fabio had most of the planning and training camp put into place and I've just tinkered with that slightly," said the current England U-21 coach, who has added penalty shoot-outs to the end of sessions.

Of more immediate concern to Pearce is picking together the pieces of a squad once again decimated by withdrawals, the latest of which was Glen Johnson, who was replaced by Joleon Lescott.

Irish Independent

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