Stuart Pearce To Leave England Under-21 Role

Stuart Pearce was today informed by the Football Association he will not be kept on as England Under-21s manager.

The former international full-back was appointed to the post in 2007 and led the Under-21s to four successive European Championship finals.

However, Pearce's side failed to get a point at this summer's tournament in Israel and will now leave the role when his contract expires at the end of the month.

FA chairman David Bernstein said: Nobody can doubt his commitment to the job throughout his time as Under-21 Coach.

Pearce failed miserably in Israel this month

"He has done extremely well in qualifying for Finals tournaments, but after the disappointment of the past two tournaments, we believe it is time to change Coach."

Pearce managed just three wins inside 90 minutes at the four Euros finals he coached England, as the young Lions bowed out at the group stage on two occasions.

Having reached the semi-finals only to lose after a marathon penalty shootout with Holland in 2007, England reached the final in 2009 but were thrashed 4-0 by Germany.

After two draws and a defeat in Denmark in 2011, England lost all three matches this month and just once, via a penalty.

Glenn Hoddle is a popular choice among England fans to tutor the junior team and Gareth Southgate has been linked as Pearce's replacement.

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