Pearce expected to lose England Under-21 post

Stuart Pearce is likely to lose his job as England Under-21 manager after the Young Lions’ disappointing European Under-21 Championship campaign, the Guardian has reported.

England have suffered two defeats from their opening two games – losing 1-0 to Italy and 3-1 to Norway – to leave Pearce’s side out of the reckoning even before the final group game has taken place. England plays Israel, the hosts, on Tuesday.

Pearce is expected to leave the national team set-up as a result of the team’s failure to progress through the competition, with Pearce having taken charge of three previous European Under-21 Championships campaigns, reaching the final in 2009, losing 4-0 to Germany. The former Nottingham Forest defender has been in the role since 2007.

Gareth Southgate, the former Middlesbrough boss, and Peter Taylor, twice England Under-21s manager, are thought to be the leading contenders to replace Pearce, with former England managers Steve McClaren and Glenn Hoddle also mentioned as possibilities although considered unlikely choices by the newspaper.

Pearce previously managed Manchester City, having ended his playing career with the Blues in 2002. He coached at the club until 2005 when he was tasked with replacing Kevin Keegan, initially on a caretaker basis before being appointed full-time.

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