Pearce: Defeat a learning curve


Stuart Pearce admitted England pushed the self-destruct button in Monday night's last-gasp 2-1 European Under-21 Championship qualifying defeat in Belgium.

Pearce watched his Young Lions throw away not only a victory that would have put them within touching distance of a play-off place for the 2013 finals, but also a draw that would have maintained their stranglehold on Group Eight.

A defeat put the group firmly back in the balance, and Pearce told ESPN: "We got our noses in front with a decent goal and should have gone on from there and made it two or three-nil. We didn't, we were waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen ourselves and that's international football. We'll take it on the chin and move on."

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