Pearce - England lack nous

Image: Stuart Pearce: Feels a bit more know-how is required after being taught a lesson by Holland

Stuart Pearce believes England need to learn about 'game management' if they are to compete with the likes of Holland on the international stage.

Interim manager wants players to learn 'game management'

Stuart Pearce believes England need to learn about 'game management' if they are to compete with the likes of Holland on the international stage. The interim manager, who took charge for Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at Wembley, feels English players are as talented as anyone in the world. However, he has pointed to Holland's extra nous as a reason for the Three Lions' loss and says there are lessons that could be taken from the match in terms of 'bending the rules'. "No English team should have an inferiority complex," Pearce said. "Week in, week out, the players individually play at a very high standard with their clubs in the Champions League or whatever. "It's getting that little bit of know-how. Game management is an important thing for English players to learn. "The Dutch showed on a couple of occasions when there were breaks on their goal they were quite happy to bend the rules - in a pleasant way, I am suggesting. That is game management. "You play 100 times for your country and all of a sudden you've seen everything before. Some of our players have not seen the tricks of the game and how to rectify a mistake."

Tough group

What Pearce is not sure about is whether England's young players have the time to learn before they go into battle in their Euro 2012 Group D opener against France on 11th June. By then it will be too late, as Pearce agrees with Fabio Capello's assessment that the European Championship is actually harder to win than the World Cup. "He had a point because we are in a really tough group," Pearce said of Capello's assessment. "The French are in there, Ukrainians on home soil and obviously the Swedes. "The one thing a World Cup would probably throw up is a match against a lesser nation that would allow you to gather momentum by getting out of the group. "In the Euros you have to hit the ground running. And make no mistake, with France in the first game we have got to be running very quickly."

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