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Euro win looks beyond Pearce’s England after Dutch defeat

| 01.03.2012

Stuart Pearce believes he has what it takes to lead England into this summer’s European Championships – but that will be the end of the road for his time in charge.

England are currently 8/1 to win Euro 2012 following their 3-2 defeat against World Cup finalists Holland at Wembley on Wednesday night.

And, despite a losing start to his reign, Pearce feels he is the man to lead the Three Lions into Euro 2012 – but no further.

Speaking to the BBC, Pearce said: “I would be confident taking the squad to the Euros, that wouldn’t daunt me at all.

“I don’t think after that period I have the experience for the job. All I’m doing is buying the Football Association some time.

“The full-time manager of England at this moment in time is probably somebody else, not me.”

With the Football Association admitting that they have yet to contact anyone with regards to taking the role on permanently, Pearce leading the team into the Euros is starting to look increasingly likely.

While Pearce may boast the two credentials the tabloids look for in an England manager – passion and actually being English – he lacks experience and it’s becoming increasingly hard to see England winning their first major tournament since 1966.

In fact, with France looking very impressive in their 2-1 victory over Germany on Wednesday, backing them to finish on top of England’s group could prove a shrewd bet.

Boss Laurent Blanc has got his side back to their formidable best following their disastrous World Cup campaign and they are a very tempting 13/8 to top Group D.

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Richard Anderson