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Pearce hopes to hang onto England U21 job

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce hopes his job doesn't depend on success against Wales in tonight's European Championships playoff.

"When I joined 18 months ago on a full-time contract it was a two-year contract," said the former Manchester City manager.

"That will be reviewed, I hope, next summer at the end of the tournament. That will change on Tuesday if we don't get through the play-off situation.

"That is something I would have to speak to my bosses about. I would still be under contract until the summer but it will be a decision for me and my bosses."

Pearce has been part of Theo Walcott's emergence for the seniors, starting him in every game last season before the Arsenal youngster was promoted to the seniors.

The former England left-back has also remained unbeaten in open play as Under-21 coach, the only defeat he has suffered was after the marathon penalty shoot-out against Holland in last summer's finals tournament.

"I love doing this," he added. "The involvement is fantastic as well. I don't want that to end on Tuesday evening.

"A lot of work has gone in. There is a lot of enjoyment from the players and for the betterment of English football that has to be the case all the time.

"I'll shelve it in my mind and cross the bridge when it comes. That will dictate how I'm deemed and viewed in the FA - whether they want to change, if I want to change direction.

"One thing I would say is I enjoy the involvement with Fabio and the seniors."

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