Pearce to lead Three Lions
U21 coach to take charge of senior side for Holland friendly
Last Updated: February 9, 2012 12:26pm
Stuart Pearce: Worked alongside Fabio Capello throughout his reign
FA chairman David Bernstein has revealed that Stuart Pearce will take charge of the England team for the friendly date with Holland on 29th February.
With Fabio Capello having stepped down from his role as Three Lions coach on Wednesday, the nation find themselves without a permanent figurehead in the build-up to Euro 2012.
Their preparations for that tournament will see them take in games against Holland, Norway and Belgium, before opening their European Championship campaign against France on 11th June.
The first of those fixtures arrives at the end of the month and no appointment regarding a successor to Capello is expected to have been made by then.
An interim coaching team has been put in place in an effort to maintain stability, with U21 coach Pearce having worked alongside Capello throughout his reign.
He will steer the side into a Wembley meeting with Holland, with Bernstein confident that Pearce is the right man for the job.
"I am very pleased to announce that Stuart Pearce will manage the England team for the Holland match," said Bernstein.
"He has huge experience outside and inside this organisation and of course he manages the England U21 team and has been working with Fabio for some time. He knows the players very well.
"I have got great confidence in Stuart. We will be in good hands.
"The priority then will be to appoint a new England manager. This will be handled with the total focus on getting the best person in place as soon as we sensibly can."