Stuart Pearce would coach England at Euro 2012

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

WEMBLEY, England (AP) -- Interim England coach Stuart Pearce will step in and take charge of the team at the European Championship if needed.

The under-21 and British Olympic team coach, who named an experimental squad for next week's friendly against the Netherlands, said Thursday he would lead the national team in Poland and Ukraine if a permanent replacement for Fabio Capello is not found.

"I have tournament experience if they need me to step into the breach in the summer," Pearce said after naming an England team for the first time. "If they need me to take the squad in the summer I will do that with pleasure."

Pearce has taken over as coach of the national team on a short-term basis while the English Football Association decides who will replace Capello following the Italian's sudden resignation this month.

While Harry Redknapp is the leading contender to replace Capello, the Tottenham manager is reluctant to leave the Premier League title contenders in the lurch. The domestic season ends a month before England's Euro 2012 campaign starts on June 11 against France.

Pearce will get an audition on Wednesday at Wembley when England hosts the Netherlands in a friendly that was postponed in August due to riots in London.

Pearce selected several players he has worked with before in the under-21 side, including Fraizer Campbell. The Sunderland striker earned his first England call-up alongside forwards Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.

John Terry is out of the squad with an injury after being stripped of the England captaincy earlier this month due to his pending racism trial -- a decision which led to Capello quitting.

Steven Gerrard is likely to captain the side next week at Wembley Stadium with Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard both left out of the squad.



Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham)

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)