"There was no real defining moment that won the tie for us - we won it fair and square over two matches against a side that matched us.
"It was like a fantastic boxing match, with both fighters going at it hammer and tongs and the last man standing, luckily, was us."
England will be one of eight teams at the finals and Pearce is hopeful they can improve on their showing in 2006; when they reached the semi-finals only to lose 13-12 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands.
"I am more experienced now," added Pearce.
"We also have seven or eight players who have been through it before, so hopefully we can do better."
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