Stuart Pearce eyes England job

Stuart Pearce has admitted he is ready to lead England to Euro 2012 if the Football Association decides he is the right man for the job.

The England Under 21 boss has stepped into the breach to lead the senior side on a caretaker basis, starting with the friendly against Holland at Wembley on Wednesday, in the wake of Fabio Capello’s shock departure earlier this month.

The FA are currently in the process of drawing up a shortlist for who will replace the Italian, with Harry Redknapp the hot favourite to be appointed.

But while the Tottenham boss is flattered to be linked with the national job, he remains keen to focus on the remainder of the Premier League season as Spurs challenge for the title.

That has led to suggestions that Pearce could be at the helm beyond the clash with the Netherlands, and the ex-England left-back revealed he would be happy to be in charge for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

“I am available and I have tournament experience if they (the FA) need me to step into the breach in the summer,” he told a press conference at Wembley shown on Sky Sports News.

“That is obviously a decision for the employees here. They know exactly where I am, they know exactly what I want to do.

“If they need me to take the squad in the summer I will do that with pleasure.

“If they need me to coach a manager that is coming through the door, I will do that with pleasure as well.

“Beyond that, at this moment in time, I consider myself after the summer the Team GB manager and Under 21 manager.”