Pearce backed by players

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Nigel Reo-Coker and Liam Rosenior are united in their view that Stuart Pearce should be appointed England Under 21 manager on a permanent basis.

England's involvement in the European Under 21 Championship came to a halt on Wednesday, courtesy of a dramatic penalty shoot-out elimination at the hands of hosts Holland, in a situation that effectively renders Pearce unemployed.

A decision on the role is expected to be made by the Football Association in the near future and, Pearce has the backing of his captain Reo-Coker.

"I will give him my backing because it has been a great pleasure to work with Stuart Pearce, Steve Wigley (assistant coach) and the rest. The lads have enjoyed it," the West Ham midfielder told Sky Sports News.

"We showed great character and great resilience. You have to take a lot of heart from that performance.

"We have learned a lot. We have learned how to play in the intimidating atmosphere of a European Championships."

Reo-Coker's view was echoed by his team-mate Rosenior, who believes Pearce is the ideal candidate to nurture England's fledgling talent.

"He is a good manager," added Rosenior.

"He has been great with the players and it has been great for me as a full-back to have him as a manager and we showed some of his spirit and passion in the match yesterday.

"He will be great for some of the younger players coming through and great for the players going into the full squad. The team spirit was amazing and it is something we can go home with and put into our careers.

"It is sad to be going home but it would have been worse had we not done ourselves justice."