Pearce ready to serve England

Caretaker manager Stuart Pearce left out some of England’s established stars as he named the squad for the friendly match against Holland. With John Terry injured, Pearce avoided the embarrassment of selecting a player awaiting trial, but Pearce also omitted Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard from his selection, along with Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Andy Carroll and Aaron Lennon.

"My mentality going into this is what do I need to learn going into a tournament this summer and what will the incoming manager need to learn," Pearce said. "I know Frank, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand but there are others who we will need to look at. I don't think I would learn anything watching them play next Wednesday."

The caretaker made his own pitch to be considered as England manager for the Euro 2012 finals. "I am available and I have tournament experience," he said. His ambition can be gauged from his unwillingness to take risks against Holland. "It would be too easy and too foolish to put a totally inexperienced side out," he said. "You need some experience to guide the youngsters."

He left out Arsenal’s teenage winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Sunderland’s young striker Fraizer Campbell did make the squad. "I think he's an exciting young talent and I think he'll thrive." Pearce said of Campbell.

Pearce wouldn’t be drawn on the vexed issue of the captaincy. He said he would choose a captain on a one-off basis, picking a player who had the respect of the team. That might be Pearce’s trickiest job of all.

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