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The Great Britain coach has backed the England youngsters to be prominent inclusions in the Three Lions' squad after their encouraging performances at London 2012

Stuart Pearce has claimed that Daniel Sturridge and Tom Cleverley will benefit from the experience they gained with Team GB at the London Olympics.

The duo played key roles in Great Britain's run to the quarter-finals before being knocked out on penalties against South Korea on Saturday.

However, Pearce has been impressed by the youngsters and feels they have a big future on the international stage with England.

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"I certainly think they'll be around the squad," Pearce told Sky Sports News.

"The way [Tom] Cleverley can handle the ball and with [Daniel] Sturridge's eye for goal, they're two individuals who can be in and around the senior England team. That's my opinion.

"They've both benefited from this tournament and they'll go back to their clubs, Man Utd and Chelsea, with something to prove.

"The more time you spend at tournaments and the more games you play, the more experience you pick up.

"It's been a fantastic experience to be fair. The more experience these players have, the better.

"In two years' time, the likes of [Jack] Butland and Sturridge could be in Rio taking a penalty or facing a penalty, so there's that experience straight away.

"It's been great for all of us and for the likes of Steven Caulker and Tom Cleverley, they've put themselves in the shop window, both for their club and for their country.

"These are just one or two individuals who have benefited from the tournament, but I think all 18 will have done in different ways."

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