European U21 Championship

Pearce demands focus

England boss calls for 'guts' to earn glory

Pearce: No guts, no glory

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England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce believes the side which shows the most 'guts' in the European Championship final will lift the trophy.

"We need to win one more match and one team stands in our way."

Stuart Pearce

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Pearce's team booked a date in Monday's showpiece event against old rivals Germany, which can be seen live on Sky Sports, after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over hosts Sweden in Friday's semi-final.

The ex-England international is now preparing for his first final with his country and he is urging his squad - which has been hit by suspensions - to maintain focus.

"The team who has the most guts, takes their chances when they come and maybe have enough fit players will win the game," Pearce said. "It's a fantastic final.

Right direction

"It's the furthest I've been in international football as a player or a manager so it's a step in the right direction. We need to win one more match and one team stands in our way.

"We have to play better than against Sweden but also have to show the same character as they do time and again."

Captain Mark Noble, though, admits he cannot help thinking about lifting the trophy in Malmo.

"I'm not going to lie, I've been dreaming about it and it's fingers crossed until the final," said the West Ham midfielder.


Theo Walcott wants to finish the championship on a high after forcing his way back into Pearce's starting XI ahead of the final, having been dropped earlier in the tournament.

"We can't wait for the final now," said the Arsenal star.

"We have two days to recover and prepare, and everyone will be buzzing. We have 23 players in the squad who have been fantastic throughout the tournament.

"It's been fantastic here in Sweden, the weather has been great and hopefully we'll have happy memories by Monday night.

"We've worked hard to get here, through the finals and all through the qualifiers, but we still haven't done anything yet. We still need to get our name on that trophy."