Keeper Jack Butland Insists Stuart Pearce Should Stay As England Under 21’s Boss

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The England under 21 goalkeeper hopes Pearce stays on.

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Jack Butland has said that the England under 21 players are “embarrassed” at their performance during the under 21 European Championships in Israel, according to BBC Sport.

The goalkeeper also said that he would like to see Stuart Pearce stay in the role of Under 21 boss.

“For a legend of the game like Stuart Pearce, it is difficult to apologise, but there is no-one else to blame but the players,” 20-year-old Butland said.

The team had gone into the Championship with high hopes having won 9 consecutive matches without conceding a goal.

However, they come home from tournament having lost all three group games against Italy, Norway and Israel and Pearce’s job is looking under threat.

The former Manchester City boss has said that he wants to stay on as under 21 manager, a role he started in 2007.

The former England left back’s contract expires at the end of the month and it will be up to the FA to decide if he continues on with the role or makes way for somebody else.

If Pearce is sacked, former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate could be named as his replacement while former England senior manager Steve McClaren is also said to be interested in the post.


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