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By: Na 11 Feb 2011 10:00:08

Pearce expresses GB coach interest

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce has confirmed his interest in coaching a Great Britain side at next year's Olympics - and has called on players from the other home nations to be made available for selection.

The Football Association have been given responsibility for preparing a British side for the London Games by the British Olympic Association, and former Manchester City boss Pearce says he would be honoured to lead a home side.

He told the Times: "The Olympics don't come around very often in our country. Certainly in the job I'm in at the moment, having worked with a lot of players that will be drawn from this age group, I would be very interested."

The football associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have said that they do not want their players to be selected for the Great Britain side, for fear of losing their independent status with FIFA.

But Pearce believes every British player should be considered to allow a greater depth to choose from - especially if England qualify for Euro 2012 and their players are not allowed to compete in both tournaments.

He said: "Whether there's going to be a contribution from the other home nations, I'm not sure but I would have thought whoever wants to be the manager, to have a bigger pool of players to pick from would be better.

"Whoever is in charge - whether it's me or someone else - they're just going to have to get on with it, working to the criteria which they have been set.

"Bear in mind we're less than a year-and-a-half away from the Olympic Games.

"Someone's got to make a decision on who's going to manage the team and you're going to have to look at the fixture list and work out where friendlies are going to be put in.

"You've got a European Championship to cater for as well."


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