Pearce pleased with start
Stuart Pearce has praised the England Under 21s' 100 per cent start to their Euro 2009 qualification campaign.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 11/09/07 9:24pm
England Under 21 manager Stuart Pearce has credited his side's 'character' after a 100 per cent start to their Euro 2009 qualification campaign.
Pearce's youngsters followed Friday's 3-0 victory against Montenegro with a 2-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Tom Huddlestone and Mark Noble scored the goals in severely soggy Sofia conditions and Pearce has admitted his delight with two wins out of two.
"It was tough conditions and credit goes to the players," said Pearce.
"We can play better than that but sometimes when you come to places like this it is about character over performances.
"It was two difficult trips to Eastern Europe. The whole squad should be pleased with the eight days we were together.
"They were new to each other and the conditions here were atrocious. Our aim was to get on the plane with six points out of six.
"We knew it would be difficult and the pointer to how well we've done will be dictated by how well the Portuguese and Irish do in these two venues."