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The caretaker boss has admitted to reshuffling his predecessor's summer plans claiming he had to leave his mark on the team in case he takes over in the summer

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is set to offer to take the post on a full-time basis.

Pearce, who was appointed solely to take charge of the friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday, has admitted to rescheduling some of the pre-tournament plans put in place by Fabio Capello.

He told reporters: "All that's happened is that I've put some plans into place.

“Fabio had most of the planning and training camp put into place and I've tinkered with that slightly.

"I've made my recommendations to the FA in regard to our preparation time, where it might be and I've outlined that to the players.”

Although the 49-year-old suggested he is only helping out the next manager, he has confessed there is a chance he could in fact be the Three Lions’ next boss.

He continued: “I felt I had to do that, not just because of the possibility I might take over in the summer, but for the next man in the door.

“I thought it was part of my job to make those recommendations and that's what I've done.”

Pearce’s first squad announcement sprung a few surprises - not least of all in the forward department - with the previously uncapped Fraizer Campbell being named alongside fellow youngsters Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.

And the former Manchester City boss is adamant everyone in the squad has been picked to play, viewing Wednesday’s clash at Wembley as a chance to learn.

“Everyone comes through the door to play,” he added. “I don't bring them through just to see their faces in front of mine. We have to learn something from the game on Wednesday evening if we can.”

Mid-season international friendlies have often been criticised by Premier League managers but Pearce is adamant he has a squad of players who want to play and who are being looked after.

"We've got a group of players who are desperate to be here,” he added.

“A lot of the players had extra time on Sunday and won a trophy, but they want to be here. We've taken care of them in training.

"We gave them a recovery day on Monday. There are no excuses, really. We've taken care of them, but need them to be at full tilt when they play for their country.

“They're quite comfortable in their own minds and bodies."

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