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Eriksson backs Pearce for England

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Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce can make the step up to eventually succeed Fabio Capello in charge of the senior team.

Pearce, who took over as Under-21 coach under Eriksson, has guided the youngsters to Monday's European Championships final against Germany in Sweden.

And Eriksson - sacked as Mexico boss recently - thinks former England defender Pearce is well equipped to manage the senior side one day. "He (Pearce) has proven himself with the Under-21s. Why shouldn't he be able to do it with the senior team as well? I think he is capable," he told Five Live's Sportsweek.

"Of course it is a big step - it is another kind of player in the senior team - but I think he can do it in the future.

"Reaching the final in the European Under-21 competition is fantastic and I think they have the chance to win it as well."

Eriksson believes Pearce's current role could put him in pole position to succeed Capello.

"Why not?" he said. "But let's hope for England that Capello will stay for a long time, because that would mean he is successful at the next World Cup."

As for his own future, Eriksson said: "I would like to return to the Premier League but I think if you put that question to more or less every manager in the world, then they would like to do it as well. I am not the only one."

Eriksson said he has not received any offers from England in recent months.

"No, not really," he said. "Very few clubs change managers so we'll have to wait and see in the future. You never know in football."

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