Friday, 24 February 2012

Pearce throws hat into England ring

Stuart Pearce has made it clear he would be more than willing to lead England to this summer's European Championships should the FA offer him the chance. The current Under 21 boss, who will take charge of the senior team for their friendly against Holland this week, has insisted he wouldn't be overawed by leading England into a major tournament. 

The current situation came about following Fabio Capello's sudden departure from the position as England manager at the beginning of February. While Harry Redknapp is still everyone's favourite to be given the role for this summer's Euro 2012, there is still no guarantee that the Spurs boss would be willing to walk away from his current job at White Hart Lane. Fans of online betting should remember this.

Redknapp has made no secret that he would love to lead his country, however, his Spurs team find themselves in a realistic chance of mounting a genuine title challenge in the second half of this season; not something that Harry could walk away from easily. 

Finishing the season with Spurs and then taking the England job straight away would be a tough ask for Redknapp, and the FA will ideally want something in place before the end of the current Premier League campaign.  People looking for Betfair online betting tips need to bear this in mind.

Pearce may not be everyone's first-choice, but the FA have long been grooming the former Manchester City manager and could well decide to give him a chance to prove himself. Pearce believes he has required experience to do the job if called upon, insisting he would be delighted to lead England to the tournament. 

"I am available and I have tournament experience if they (the FA) need me to step into the breach in the summer."

"That is obviously a decision for the employees here. They know exactly where I am, they know exactly what I want to do."

"If they need me to take the squad in the summer I will do that with pleasure."