Stuart Pearce placed in charge of England for Netherlands friendly in February

The Under-21 boss will take temporary charge of the national side as the search for Fabio Capello's successor begins, with David Bernstein insisting the FA will not be rushed
The FA have confirmed that Stuart Pearce will take charge of the England national team for their friendly against the Netherlands in February.

Pearce, who will temporarily replace Fabio Capello who resigned from the position on Wednesday, currently manages the England under-21 side and will also take charge of the Great Britain team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

"With regard to the future, I'm very pleased to announce that Stuart Pearce will manage the England team for the Holland match," Bernstein told reporters.

"He has huge experience outside and inside this organisation and of course, he manages the England under-21 team and has been working with Fabio for some time. He knows the players very well.

"I've got a great confidence in Stuart, we'll be in safe hands.

"Our priority then will be to appoint a new England manager. This will be handled by the four of us with a total focus on getting the best person in place as soon as we sensibly can."

Bernstein refused to confirm that Italian's successor would be an Englishman, but admitted that a domestic candidate would be preferable.

"It's very early days so I don't want to be too descriptive," he said. "The four of us [Bernstein, director of communications Adrian Bevington, general secretary Alex Horne and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking] will be sitting down tomorrow, we will be moving fast to get our ducks on the right row.

"He will not definitely be English. There's a preference for an English or British person, but we're not prepared to rule out anything at this stage. But clearly, an English or British person would have a good start on the matter.

"Any manager we take on will have detailed knowledge of English players. I'd expect the top man to pick of the reins very quickly. The new manager will be able to make his appointment regarding a new captain.

"We want to make an appointment that the public are positive about and excites the fans, but we can't be driven by that. We have to do this professionally, we have to get a proper shortlist together but the desires of our supporters are crucial to us.

Pearce has been in charge of the Under-21 side since February 2007, before his duties being extended in January 2008 to a role as a coach for the senior side.

There was no point having a manager who didn't want to be in the job. We went through all the issues with Fabio at length, and looking forward, having offered that [resignation] it was right to accept