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Pearce keeping options open

The future of Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach is in doubt as he has yet to sign a new contract.

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Stuart Pearce: Future beyond next summer is uncertain

Stuart Pearce: Future beyond next summer is uncertain

Pearce's contract expires following the European Championships in Israel in June and the 50-year-old coach admits he has missed the day-to-day contact with players at club level.

"I enjoy the job that I do," said Pearce. "I have been reasonably successful, but not as successful as I would have liked to have been. Who knows what is in the future, though?

"I am contracted until next summer, and that has been the case every time I have gone into a major tournament. We will see.

"Yes, I would like more contact with players on a daily basis and more games to test myself. The other side of that is the environment I am working in.

"It gives me great pride and honour to work for the FA, and working with the best players in the country is a fantastic option.

"There are pluses and minuses in both options. I am enjoying what I am doing and we will see where that takes us over the next few months."

Asked if winning next summer's tournament would influence his decision, Pearce said: "No, it would be irrelevant. I would like to win the tournament but I have been trying to do that for the past five years.

"We have reached a final, a semi-final and a group stage. Now, we will try to prepare the team as well as we can going into the summer."

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