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Pearce can win fulltime England U21 job

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce will be offered the job fulltime if his team reach the final four of the European Championships.

Pearce's team will qualify for a semi-final against the host nation, Holland, if England beat Serbia in their final Group B game tomorrow.

It is understood that such progress would be judged as a relative success by the FA.

Pearce has so far remained coy about his own future as he is keen on a return to Premiership management, but the former Manchester City boss has stated that he thinks the Under 21 job should be full-time.

Last night, FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking said: "We've always said we'll wait until the end of the tournament before we make an announcement. But I think Stuart has organised them really well out here.

"It's really down to the professional-game members of our main board to agree the sort of contract that we can offer. But generally speaking, all of us feel the post should be full-time."

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