Latest Transfer Update at 01-03-2012
Stuart Pearce: Interim England boss
PEARCE DOESN'T WANT FULL-TIME POSITION
Stuart Pearce insisted England will learn from their 3-2 defeat against a strong Holland team at Wembley.
The interim England boss, however, confirmed that he was not the man to take charge on a full-time basis.
Arjen Robben scored the winner for Holland in injury time after goals from Gary Cahill and Ashley Young had looked like earning England an unlikely draw after they conceded two goals in two second-half minutes from Robben and Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Pearce said: "It's disappointing for us but the exercise was to learn from it. They were up against an outstanding side who had probably their full team out for the start of the game.
"The Robbens and the [Robin] Van Persies of this world are outstanding footballers and the exercise of it will stand our young players in good stead."
Holland fielded a starting line-up which included nine players who took part in the World Cup final in South Africa.
Pearce said: "All we needed was a touch more belief that we could go and hurt an opposition of this ability a touch more. I think it is the missing ingredient that we need to find.
"We had a few skirmishes around their goal. I would have liked to have seen that on a more regular basis possibly."
Pearce confirmed, however, that he would not take the England job full time although he would be prepared to take charge for Euro 2012.
"I'm used to being around squads," said Pearce. "The attitude of the players to me has been first class, focused and they have had a go in the game for me.
"I can't ask for any more.
"You can never guarantee any results and if we had come away from here 2-2 there might have been a better feel but it won't affect my mentality in any way.
"I feel I would be confident in taking the squad to the Euros because of the experience I have got as an international player and manager.
"That wouldn't be daunting to me. I don't think after that period I have the experience for this job.
"I really enjoyed this week. I would enjoy the summer if that opportunity was there. All I'm doing is buying the Football Association some time if they've not got someone in place.
"The full-time manager of England is somebody else at this moment in time. It certainly isn't me."
England defender Chris Smalling was taken to hospital, along with Dutchman Huntelaar, after they clashed heads as Huntelaar scored Holland's second goal.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard was substituted in the first half as a precaution after feeling a tight hamstring while Arsenal's van Persie played the first half only.
Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge also limped off with an injured toe.
Meanwhile Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell, who made his debut as a 79th-minute substitute, had an extra reason for celebration.
He tweeted: "Delighted to earn my first international cap and the very same moment I became a dad to Isla rose campbell! £cloud9"