Defeat can make us stronger says Pearce

Stuart Pearce has vowed to learn the lessons of last night's humbling defeat to Germany in Malmo as he starts his new two-year deal as England Under-21 coach.

Pearce's youngsters were convincingly beaten in Malmo to end their European Championship hopes at the final hurdle, with the 47-year-old revealing afterwards that he has signed his new contract.

Part of the learning curve will be keeping calmer on the touchline - Pearce used colourful language to the fourth official and looked ready to grab Sebastian Boenisch before restraining himself.

"We're a bit frustrated as a team but we have to improve and in two years time we have to be one better," Pearce said. "We are in the top two in Europe and we have to be in the top one.

"I don't subscribe to boom and bust. If we won I wasn't going to be the best coach in the world. Losing chews me up but it spurs me on to be a better coach and manager. It's as simple as that.

"Just before the semi-final I signed a two-year deal. I enjoy where I work, my employees and the players I work with. Why would you walk away from that?"

Pearce will continue to assist senior boss Fabio Capello, who was travelling back from the Confederations Cup in Sweden and could not make it to Sweden.

He missed England's youngsters fall behind midway through the first half when Gonzalo Castro struck. Scott Loach's blunder from Mesut Ozil's 35-yard free-kick accounted for the second.

"The ball reacts abnormally," said Germany coach Horst Hrubesch.

Sandro Wagner then added to late goals to put the gloss on Germany's performance.

"We started very brightly as a team, the first goal came against the run of play and changed the game," Pearce said. "It suited them to counter-attack.

"I have to congratulate Germany, to win any final is an achievement and to win 4-0 in it is an achievement."

Pearce was not helped by Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell being suspended, meaning Theo Walcott was isolated as a lone striker.

"It wasn't helpful but from the offset we said it would be a 23-man squad," Pearce said. "We lost three players by the final but that is not an excuse. We must learn lessons.

"From this squad 50% will go on for the next campaign. For those who have finished, they have served the under-21s fantastically well.

"I've just asked them of doing me the honour of meeting me at the hotel. I have to speak to them as a group and tell them how well they have conducted themselves over a two-year period.

"I will speak with the players that will continued and thank them. Then I will speak to the younger players and tell them what the expectations are."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence