9:02am Friday 2nd March 2012
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Stuart Pearce has admitted he has no idea whether he will ever get the chance to manage England again.
The under-21 boss took charge of the senior team for Wednesday night's friendly with Holland as the Football Association felt there was insufficient time to bring in a replacement for Fabio Capello from outside the organisation.
In the build-up to, and then immediately after the 3-2 defeat at Wembley, Pearce has stuck to the same line, namely that he does not feel he has enough experience to be the full-time England boss but is capable of leading the team at Euro 2012. However, he admitted: "I've no idea if I will manage England again."
He added: "I certainly will at under-21 level, I hope. I am getting fed up with saying this spiel but, if needed, I am available for the summer."
The problem is that Pearce's statement is clearly flawed.
Should England confound their detractors and actually win the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine this summer, or even reach the final or semi-finals, that would normally be enough to extend employment.
However, in such circumstances, Pearce would have us believe he would turn the job down because he felt under-qualified to guide his country through September qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.
"I don't think I am ready enough experience-wise, simple as that," said Pearce.
"I just feel at this time in my development I am not ready for the senior international job and all that comes with it.
"But there's no doubt in my mind I feel more than comfortable preparing to take a team to a major tournament."
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