Newcastle's Taylor urges Pearce to stick with England U21s

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has urged FA chiefs to not take Stuart Pearce away from the England U21 setup.

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Fabio Capello is under pressure to add an Englishman to his currently all-Italian backroom staff, and Pearce's success with the under-21 side makes him a prime candidate.

But Taylor, set to return to the United defence today after injury, fears Pearce's departure could ruin England's hopes of becoming European Under-21 champions in 2009.

"It would be a real blow for everyone connected with the England Under-21 set-up if Stuart joined the senior side," Taylor told the Sunday Sun.

"It would be a big chance for him and I can appreciate why he would want to work with Capello. But from a purely selfish perspective I hope he stays with the Under-21s and tries to win the European title."

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