Pearce to take charge of England


Stuart Pearce will take interim charge of England following the resignation of Fabio Capello, the Football Association have confirmed.

Capello left his post on Wednesday evening following a meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne.

The 65-year-old quit after Bernstein's decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy after his trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand was postponed until after Euro 2012.

Harry Redknapp is the favourite to succeed the Italian, and Pearce will lead England before a full-time manager is appointed.

Pearce worked alongside Capello with the senior England squad, and is also the head coach of the under-21 side.

The former Manchester City manager will be in charge for England's friendly with Holland at Wembley later this month, Bernstein said in a press conference on Thursday.

"I want to commend Stuart Pearce," stated Bernstein.

"I spoke to him and, as you would expect with Stuart, his first thought was about his country.

"He said 'if you want me to do it, I will do it'. I was really impressed with his attitude."

Pearce received 78 caps for England in an international career spanning 12 years and featuring appearances in three major tournaments.

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