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England coach Pearce: No word from Liverpool over Gerrard selection

England caretaker coach Stuart Pearce insists there's no agreement with clubs over protecting their players tonight against Holland.

Pearce will reveal the team and the captain today and expects Steven Gerrard to play some part for the first time since 2010, when he was injured in a friendly against France.

It sparked an angry reaction from Liverpool's coaching staff, who thought they had an agreement for Gerrard to play no more than 45 minutes.

"There won't be any agreements with the clubs," said Pearce. "They know I have a duty of care to the country and a duty of care to the players. If I put them on the pitch and they're only half-fit, that's detrimental to the country.

"We've taken care of them but we need them to be at full tilt when they play for their country. A lot of the players had extra time on Sunday. We gave them a recovery day on Monday and the option to drop out of the small-sided game today to make sure their legs are in place. There are no excuses really."

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