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Stuart Pearce offers to lead England at Euro 2012 but insists 'beyond that, it's not for me'

The former Manchester City manager maintained that the role is not right for his development at the current time and remains keen to concentrate on Team GB and the Under-21 sides

Stuart Pearce has offered to take charge of the England team for Euro 2012, but insists that he is not currently interested in the role beyond the summer.

The former Manchester City manager has been handed the reins of the national side on a temporary basis, following the resignation of Fabio Capello, and has selected the squad to face the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Pearce said that while he would be happy to fill the void if the FA could not make a permanent appointment before the tournament, he did not feel the job would be right for him in the long-term at this point his managerial development.

"One thing's for sure - whatever happens in the summer [regarding the manager's position], I've made it clear to the FA that I'm more than happy to take the team next week and I'm more than happy to take the team, if they need me, to to the finals," Pearce told reporters.

"Beyond that in this moment of development, it's not for me.

"If another man comes in to lead the team then I'll offer my services, as I readily do at the moment, to assist him if he needs me within the camp.

"I think it will help my development as a coach. I've always tried to have a mentality where I try to improve on a daily basis. I think the experience next week of taking the senior team against a real blue chip senior team [in the Netherlands] can only help me.

"I consider myself, after the summer, as Team GB manager and England Under-21 manager."

Pearce added that he would select a captain once the squad had trained as a group, but refused to commit on whether that appointment would last beyond the Netherlands game.

"I think the exposure of it [appointing a captain] over the last few months has been a little too excessive," he said.

"I'll group them [the players] together and look at the dynamics of the group. I've got my own ideas on who's respected by each of the players and respected by myself and I will pick a captain accordingly. That will be announced nearer match time."

One factor that could hinder Pearce in the future is his use of racial abuse in the direction of Paul Ince as a player in 1994, which has attracted attention since he took over as caretaker manager.

"In some ways I found it a little bit sad, to be quite honest with you, to rehash a story from 17 years ago, which was reported at the time and apologised for at the time by myself," Pearce said.

"To bring that up, and the timing of it, I found quite sad and I felt sorry for Paul because I know that he and his family would have been chased for comments as well at the time.

"I do everything I possibly can towards anti-racism campaigns."

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