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Bryan Roy has admitted he is stunned to see former Nottingham Forest team-mate Stuart Pearce in charge of England for Wednesday's game with Netherlands.

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Roy, who won 32 Netherlands caps, had Pearce as his caretaker boss during his spell at the City Ground - and he was far from impressed with what he saw in that period.

"I simply can't believe he is now coach of England," Roy told the Daily Mirror. "As a coach he was inexperienced and unsuccessful, leaving the entire organisation and training work to his assistants because he wanted to play himself.

"I've worked under a number of top trainers, like Louis van Gaal when he was with Ajax and Pearce was in [great] contrast to him. So how he managed to get such a position within the English FA is amazing. But he must have done something good.

"It's a difficult job because when you're coach of England then you're always in a precarious position. England is dying for success and English coaches aren't highly-rated tactically."

Pearce was installed as interim England manager following Fabio Capello's resignation earlier this month.


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