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Stuart Pearce offered new England Under-21 deal

Stuart Pearce
Pearce has coached the under-21 side since 2007

Stuart Pearce has been offered a new two-year contract to remain as coach of the England Under-21 side.

Pearce's current deal with the Football Association expires after this summer's Under-21 European Championships.

"I enjoy the job I do, so if it's workable, it might well happen," revealed Pearce.

Pearce has also said he would jump at the opportunity to manage a potential Great Britain football team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It has yet to be decided if Great Britain will field a football team comprising the unified home nations at the Games next year but Pearce said: "If I was asked to take a team to the Olympics, I'd be delighted to accept."

Pearce has coached the under-21 side since 2007. And since January 2008 he has fulfilled a role as coach in head coach Fabio Capello's full national set-up.

This summer he will manage the under-21s in the European Championships, having previously led them to the final in 2009, where they lost 4-0 to Germany.

To see the depth of talent that we've got sat in one room is quite staggering

Stuart Pearce

He has warned his England players that the next five days may be their last chance to stake a claim for a place for this summer's tournament.

Pearce's side travelled to Denmark on Wednesday for the first of a friendly double-header which sees them play the European Championship hosts on Thursday before taking on Iceland in Preston on Monday night.

England are looking to arrange one more warm-up match ahead of the finals in June but head coach Pearce has revealed he will have all but made up his mind about his 23-man squad after the next two games.

"It's my last chance to have a look at them and get in my mind which 23 we're going to go with in the summer," said Pearce, who held a meeting for his players at Watford's training ground in London Colney.

"Competition for places is fantastic, not just to get in the team but to get in the squad of 23.

"We brought all the players together and had a good chance to speak to them all and outline what the plans are for the summer.

"To see the depth of talent that we've got sat in one room is quite staggering.

"These are the best in England, the best we've got at this age group - bar a few injuries and the couple we have in the seniors.

"It's a really exciting group and they are capable of anything.

"We've got a good 10 days with the players and we'll learn a lot more about them as a team and individually."



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