The Football Association have confirmed the sacking of Stuart Pearce as the manager of England Under-21s.

Pearce has been in charge of the side for the past six years.

The former full-back has been criticised following England's early exit at the European Under-21 Championship this month.

England were expected to progress to the latter stages, but crashed out in the group stages after suffering three consecutive defeats to Italy, Norway and hosts Israel.

Following this latest humiliation, the FA have decided to act. 

"I’d like to thank Stuart Pearce for his hard work," outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein commented. "Nobody can doubt his commitment to the job throughout his time as Under-21 coach.

"He has done extremely well in qualifying for finals tournaments but after the disappointment of the past two tournaments, we believe it is time to change coach.

"On behalf of everyone at the FA I’d like to wish Stuart well for the future."

Former Middlesbrough managers Steve McClaren and Gareth Southgate are reportedly in the frame to replace Pearce. However, the FA have not yet made a decision.


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