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Pearce sticks to his guns despite 'doom and gloom'

England Under-21 manager draws on Italia '90 memories as his side face must-win game with Czech Republic

England confident of progress says Phil Jones

England left themselves needing to win their final Group B game to avoid crashing out of the European Under-21 Championship but defender Phil Jones said: "We would have taken that before the tournament."

Frankie Fielding reveals pain over loss of dad who missed his rise to fame

Stuart Pearce's Under-21 keeper faces a big test today but he has a special reason to do his family name proud

Pearce faces test of loyalty to captain Mancienne

It was, Liverpool's new acquisition Jordan Henderson agreed, what Ringo Starr famously called a hard day's night. Entirely unexpectedly, Henderson and his England Under-21 colleagues stole a late equalising goal on Sunday evening after being outplayed by Spain and suddenly the second match of their European Championship campaign, against Ukraine tomorrow is something to be approached with confidence.

Jordan Henderson not daunted by huge Liverpool transfer fee

Jordan Henderson today declared the size of the transfer fee Liverpool paid Sunderland for him filled him with confidence, not fear.

United confident of finalising Jones transfer

Manchester United insisted last night that the £16 million transfer of Blackburn's Phil Jones will go through despite suggestions that Rovers are trying to extract a larger fee.

Brooking backs Stuart Pearce as Olympics coach

Sir Trevor Brooking thinks England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce should be appointed as the head coach of the British football team at next year's London Olympics.

Liverpool complete Henderson signing

Liverpool have completed the signing of midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.

My Under-21 team are not tired, says Pearce

Stuart Pearce has insisted he will never accept tiredness as an excuse from his England side ahead of their European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain.



Pearce returns fire to Arsenal over Wilshere burnout worries

England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has questioned why Arsène Wenger did not rest Jack Wilshere if the Arsenal manager was so concerned about supposed burnout.

Jordan Henderson happy to delay holidays for England

Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson will have no qualms about putting his body to the test during England's European Under-21 Championship campaign this summer.

Fears of burn-out cause Wilshere to pull out of Under-21 finals

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said yesterday that he had no choice but to miss the Under-21s European Championships next month in order to preserve his fitness for next season and – providing England qualify – the Euro 2012 tournament.

England Under-21 squad announcement delayed

Andy Carroll's participation at next month's European Under-21 Championship was shrouded in mystery today after Stuart Pearce delayed announcing his squad until next week.

Stuart Pearce singles out Arsene Wenger regarding selection issues

Stuart Pearce has singled out Arsene Wenger as being the only manager to ever give him grief over his selection policy for the England Under-21 team.

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