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Pearce hopeful of contract extension

Stuart Pearce has is hopeful of remaining in charge of England's Under-21 side beyond the upcoming European Championships.

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The Young Lions begin the tournament against Italy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, with matches against hosts Israel and Norway set to be the decisive factors in Pearce's bid to retain his job.

The former Manchester City manager's contract expires this month and progression past the group stage in Israel could ensure his future.

"I enjoy the role," he said. "It's fantastic. Nothing's changed for me or for the FA, I think. If we can get it out the way, that's my mentality. I'm looking forward to seeing Trevor Brooking in regard to my future.

"I am absolutely delighted with the job I do, I really enjoy working with young players and have a real passion for it myself, and look forward to sitting down with the FA in two weeks' time.

"There's no point asking the question 'What's your future?' - which we've done many times before. That's where I'm at."

Pearce will meet with FA chairman David Bernstein and incumbent chairman Greg Dyke following the tournament to discuss his position.

"I've had a fantastic relationship with David Bernstein - obviously had links with him from Manchester City - and I would fully expect Mr Dyke to come in and be a full part of [the decision-making process]," Pearce added.

"But that's for the FA. If Trevor decides he's dealing with it personally, fine; I'm sure there'll be discussions with regard to the rest and they'll take it accordingly. I'm contracted until the end of June so I guess it would be towards the end of June."

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