Milner support for Pearce
James Milner believes Stuart Pearce has the credentials to manage the country at Euro 2012 if selected by the Football Association.
Last Updated: 28/02/12 9:08am
England international James Milner believes Stuart Pearce has the credentials to manage the country at Euro 2012 if selected by the Football Association.
Pearce has been named as the Three Lions' interim manager in the wake of Fabio Capello's exit ahead of the summer championship.
England's Under-21 coach will be in charge for Wednesday's friendly international with Holland and has indicated his willingness to stay on for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
Milner has worked under Pearce with England's youngsters and while he concedes that changing manager before a championship is not ideal, he has labelled Pearce as a 'great manager'.
"The timing is not as ideal as you would want, changing manager so close to a major tournament, but we will go in as well prepared as we can be," explained the Manchester City man.
"If Stuart Pearce is manager the Euros, it is not a problem for me. He is a great manager, was a great player, and in the two Under-21 tournaments we were unlucky on both occasions.
"We should have won at least one of them but what I noticed was that in the tournaments I had under him, we went in very well prepared.
"He thinks about every aspect which could come up in a tournament, every eventuality, how we are going to have to play, and how to plan for combating certain teams.
"That's the most important thing going into a tournament, you want to feel you are ready and that it is not going to be a problem."