Monday 20 June 2011 By Formelia Alberthine

England’s young players ready to disappoint at the highest level, claims Pearce


The early return from the U21 European Championships proves that England’s young players now possess the necessary lack of skill to become abject failures with their senior counterparts, Stuart Pearce has claimed.

During the last minute defeat to the Czech Republic, the Under-21s showed the absence of quality and passion that which their proud manager believes will allow for the players to make a ‘seamless transition’ into the first team.

“They gave the ball away really well,” Pearce told a press conference after the game.

“The way that they were picking out the opposition players was almost telepathic, which is remarkable because they didn’t spend much time with the Czechs before the game.”

“If I didn’t know better I could have easily believed that it was Gareth Barry misplacing those simple twelve-yard passes and Darren Bent mistiming his runs.”

“So I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before some of these players are being unceremoniously dumped out of a competition with the senior team and achieving their destiny of destroying the mood of the nation.”

Next step

Pearce insisted that his success in achieving his remit of bringing players through to disappoint with the equally inept first team should now see him considered as the ‘obvious choice’ to replace Fabio Capello.

“I think I’ve fulfilled the stereotype of an English manager,” he continued.

“I’ve led them into a tournament and then out if it at the earliest opportunity and I’ve already consoled them so that they’re ready to do it all again.”

“It’s what it’s all about really, isn’t it?”

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