Pearce expects GB stars to step up
Published : 06 Aug 2012 00:16:59Rss feed
Hodgson is due to announce which players will face Euro 2012 runners-up Italy in Bern on August 15 this Friday. Sturridge and Cleverley have both been selected for England squads before and having expanded their international experience by taking on central roles in Great Britain's Olympic campaign, Pearce believes the pair are ready to make the step up on a more permanent basis.
"I certainly think they'll be around the squad," said Pearce. "With the way Tom Cleverley can handle the ball and Daniel Sturridge's eye for goal, they are two individuals who can be in and around the senior England team."
In the immediate aftermath of his own side's last-eight penalty shoot-out defeat to the Azzuri in Kiev, Hodgson said he intended to use the match to experiment ahead of a World Cup qualifying campaign that begins in Moldova next month.