On Wednesday night at Wembley, caretaker manager, Stuart Pearce watched from the sidelines as the England team lost 3-2 to the Netherlands in the exciting friendly.
What looked to be a draw when in the 91st minute, Ashley Young scored to level the board 2-2, was lost when Arjen Robben scored a late goal only a minute.
Now that the game is over, the focus will turn to finding a permanent replacement for former manager Fabio Capello. While Pearce would be happy to take the side to Euro 2012, managing the side is not a long term option for him. Pearce said that “I would be confident taking the squad to the Euros, that wouldn’t daunt me at all but I don’t think after that period I have the experience for the job. All I’m doing is buying the Football Association some time.”
Pearce was happy with the efforts of his players, but admitted that their lack of experience was shown up in the defeat by the more experienced Dutch, who reached the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.
He said, ”When you lose a goal at that stage of the game, maybe you need a bit of know-how or nous to see the game out or maybe even chase the game a bit. It is disappointing but the object of the exercise was to learn and we came up against an outstanding side with some really outstanding international footballers such as Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie. The exercise will stand our young players in good stead.”
England also suffered injuries during the match with Steven Gerrard leaving the field in the first half with a hamstring injury, Chris Smalling’s head injury sustained while challenging Huntelaar before the second goal and Daniel Sturridge hurting his toe.
Scott Parker, who was selected by Pearce to replace John Terry as team captain commented that he would very much like to hold onto the captain’s armband since being handed it that very morning of the game. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder told BBC Radio that it had been a special night for him and that ”I’m absolutely delighted to lead out my country. It’s what every boy dreams of and I was no different, so to get the chance was amazing really.”
Source: BBC Sport