Pearce: England Under-21 contract talks delayed until summer

The London-born boss says he is focused solely on preparing for this summer’s European Championships and has lamented the restrictions imposed on his selections
England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has confirmed that he will not enter discussions over his future until after this summer's European Championships.

The 50-year-old's current contract is set to expire shortly after the Young Lions particpate in the tournament, which will be held in Israel in June.

However, the former Manchester City boss insists he is focused exclusively on his preparations and is unwilling to be distracted by negotiations.

"I think we are speaking in the summer after the tournament that is how it is has been left," he told reporters.

"If you ask me if I enjoy this job - yes I do. It is a fantastic job and I enjoy representing my country, and we will speak in the summer after the tournament - that is how it is going."

Pearce also revealed his frustration over being unable to call up the likes of Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, who have recently played prominent roles at senior level.

"I think we always want to go to major tournaments with the best players.” he added.

"The likes of Wilshere and maybe Welbeck, they maybe won't be considered because they are so key for the senior team,

“But I think anyone who is not an initial first starter with the seniors they must come into the category because if not you cannot win anything at these tournaments,

“I know the magnitude of what the opposition come with and their better players but I have been barking on about that for the last six years and I will continue to do that and hopefully someone will listen to me somewhere down the line,

"If you look at all the teams who have won major tournaments, the French and the Spanish, you only have to track that back to probably having a good experience.

“You talk about kids having good experience and good education and we have to make sure when we get up to U21s, 19s, 17s that that continues because the Spanish do it and they go with their best players."