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Chelsea's Sturridge would like Pearce handed England job

Chelsea striker Danny Sturridge would like to see Stuart Pearce given the England job.

Sturridge hopes to be joined by Stuart Pearce, who he backed to continue as England manager at Euro 2012.

The forward, who worked with Pearce both at under-21 level and at Manchester City, said: "He has done a lot for me, he gave me my first appearance for Man City when I was 17, kicked me a few times when I was 15.

"He is a great man, he has helped me a lot, he showed a lot of belief also with the Under-21s in the summer. I can't thank him enough for what he has done for me.

"I'm hoping he gets the job.

"Just like it's a natural progression for the (Under-21) players to go into the full squad, it's a natural progression for him."

He added: "When I came into the camp with Stuart Pearce, it felt like I was with the 21s again and it was easy for me to feel at home, to feel welcome about the players, and I felt great."

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