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Man Utd great Keane reserves praise for England caretaker boss Pearce

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has thanked England's caretaker manager Stuart Pearce for being a 'great example' to him when he was a youngster at Nottingham Forest.

The pair played together for Forest during Keane's time there between 1990 and 1993 and the former Red Devils captain says he had a great influence on his career in the early days whilst labeling him a great fit for the England job.

"When I was a young player in the dressing room at Forest, Stuart Pearce was a great example to me and passion is a great word to use to describe him," Keane told Yahoo! Sport.

"People talk about it but it just comes through his pores, particularly when you talk about the England set up.

"Obviously as a player he was very passionate and he is the same now as a manager. So I think it is certainly a good temporary choice until they appoint a full time manager."

He added: "When I came over from Ireland he was the captain of England. He was the best player every day in training.

"There was no nonsense. He was not obsessed with the media, the money, cars. It was all about what he stood for in the dressing room.

"He took no nonsense, people think a captain has got to be mates with people, you don't.

"You just have to have the respect of your team mates and you earn that on the training ground. However supporters only see you once a week on a match day.

"However, when you work with people every day of the week that is when you get the respect."

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