The 29-year-old Manchester United defender was at fault for two goals as England played out a 3-3 thrilling draw with Germany in the UEFA nations League clash at Wembley.
“I think the kid [Harry Maguire] has got character," Pearce told talkSPORT post-match.
“He has been under the microscope a fair bit for the last calendar year, potentially, I don't know how long, I am not a social media buff.
“Still, he puts himself out there, and he keeps going, and he does not go under.
“He has an injury late in the game, and he is at the halfway line going through a German player. Not to let his teammates down.
“Sometimes, they are the individuals you want to go to battle with."