Thursday 1 March 2012 by Formelia Alberthine

‘I’m only a full-time option if you want to be looking for a better foreign option in three months’, Pearce tells FA


England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has distanced himself from the vacant full-time role, saying he is only a realistic option if the FA want to be looking for a better foreign option in three months’ time.

The former Nottingham Forest defender underscored his potential for the position with a resoundingly English 3-2 reverse against Holland at Wembley.

Pearce told assembled journalist at the post match press conference, ‘To be honest, I don’t view myself as anything other just another Englishman making foreign managers look far more capable then they really are.

‘If the FA are happy to shock the public into believing the same thing through a series of hapless displays at Euro 2012 then clearly I’m their man.’

Pearce went on to wax lyrical about the very English manner in which his side went about losing.

‘To come back from 2-0 down after being comprehensively outplayed for the majority of the match to gloriously restore parity in the last five minutes of the game when our opponents had clocked off only to chuck it all away when they clocked back in for the final 60 seconds – no foreign manager could do that.’

Harry Redknapp has moved to dismiss claims that the selection of Scott Parker as captain had his name written all over it.

‘Not a bit of it’, said the Spurs manager. ‘I have to get Jamie to sign my name, and even then he only spells it with one ‘p’ at the end.’

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