Pearce in talks over new deal

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Stuart Pearce has begun negotiations about extending his stay as England Under-21 manager.

The 42-year-old's contract will expire after this summer's Under-21 European Championships in Sweden and he has been approached by the Football Association about prolonging what has been a hugely successful tenure.

"I have spoken to my line boss (Brooking) already about it. He asked me whether I would be happy to stay for another couple of years and I said yes I would," said Pearce. "Obviously that decision will go to the board. I think it is this week that the board sit, so they will come back with a decision about whether it's workable or whether it isn't."

He added: "But for me, that's a side issue. My main focus is the championships in the summer. That will sort itself out one way or the other."

Pearce, who took charge on a full-time basis in July 2007 following a short spell in which he combined the role with his duties as Manchester City boss, has experienced just two defeats.

One came in a penalty shoot-out against hosts Holland in the semi-finals of the last European Championships two years ago, and the other was a friendly against Ecuador last month in which the South Americans fielded a number of experienced players over the age of 21.

That impressive record has prompted director of football development Trevor Brooking to sound out Pearce about a new deal.

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