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Pearce keeps England U21 role despite crashing out of European Championship

Stuart Pearce's will continue as England Under-21 boss, despite his side crashing out of the European Championship in Denmark. The Football Association are adamant there was no chance of the new two-year contract Pearce was offered almost two months ago being withdrawn.

Pearce has been criticised for his team selection and tactics throughout a tournament England arrived at as the number one ranked side in Europe, having reached the semi-final and final at the last two competitions.

But despite failing to win a match this time, the 49-year-old will lead them into their qualification campaign for the 2013 finals in Israel as long as he puts pen to paper.

But he has every incentive to stay, having been all but guaranteed the job of leading Great Britain at next year's Olympics in London.

Pearce, who has repeatedly expressed a desire to coach the British team, said of the position on Sunday night: "It's not been ratified yet.

"Whoever the manager is, he will have some players from this age group."

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