Pearce expects contract talks

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce expects talks over a new contract to be deferred to the summer.

Last Updated: 04/02/13 at 18:50 Post Comment

But Pearce insists he is more focused on preparing for the European Championship finals in Israel in June.

The former England defender is excited about the potential of Derby midfielder Will Hughes and Southampton full-back Luke Shaw who are included in the squad for Tuesday evening's friendly with Sweden at Walsall.

When asked about his contract, Pearce said: "The last thing we've had was probably it might be deferred to the summer.

"It is not a major priority for myself. The tournament is more important for me."

Pearce will be leading England into a fourth Euro finals since taking charge six years ago and is excited about the current crop of players.

He said: "We always are excited. Once one group go through to the seniors, all of a sudden another group of youngsters comes through.

"The likes of Will Hughes and Luke Shaw have just come into the group and they excite me as well.

"Will has had a good season. I'm good friends with Nigel Clough so I keep in close contact about how he is doing at Derby.

"We are pleased with his development and have to make sure that we nurture that development."

Hughes has been linked with several Premier League clubs but Pearce believes he is benefiting from playing regular first team football at Pride Park.

He said: "Derby have given him his chance in the first team. Some people are reticent to give youngsters an opportunity in first teams.

"But credit to Nigel and Derby. They are happy to put players in the first team and the experience comes from playing matches as I found out, not training week in and week out.

"He seems a very level headed young man and that's all the good for England and Derby."

Shaw has quickly made his mark with the Saints and their battle for top flight survival.

Pearce said: "I've been very impressed with Shaw. It's a position I played for many years.

"I think he has played very well and is a good prospect."

Pearce believes it is vital to send the strongest possible squad to a tournament to help youngsters with their development and is pleased to have the backing of senior head coach Roy Hodgson.

He said: "My stance has been the same for the last six years, that every time you go to a major tournament you should go with your best possible available players at that age group.

"It is guided from Roy from above. I will pick the best possible available players to take a tournament on to give the players more experience at international level.

"Roy has made it clear he wants to send a really strong squad to the Under-21s.

"I'm always of the opinion when I look at Spain, France, Germany, how they've won things at the younger age groups before they've stepped up and conquered the world and Europe.

"We have to do the same. For me it's fantastic news. We have to make sure that is delivered upon."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property