Updated: 06/08/2012 11:39 | By pa.press.net

Pearce expects GB stars to step up

Stuart Pearce hopes Tom Cleverley, pictured, and Daniel Sturridge develop into regular members of the England squad

Stuart Pearce hopes Tom Cleverley, pictured, and Daniel Sturridge develop into regular members of the England squad

Great Britain men's team boss Stuart Pearce expects to see Tom Cleverley and Daniel Sturridge develop into regular members of Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Hodgson is due to announce which players will face Euro 2012 runners-up Italy in Bern on August 15 this Friday. Sturridge and Cleverley have both been selected for England squads before and having expanded their international experience by taking on central roles in Great Britain's Olympic campaign, Pearce believes the pair are ready to make the step up on a more permanent basis.

"I certainly think they'll be around the squad," said Pearce. "With the way Tom Cleverley can handle the ball and Daniel Sturridge's eye for goal, they are two individuals who can be in and around the senior England team."

He added: "They have both benefited from this tournament and they will go back to Manchester United and Chelsea with something to prove."

In the immediate aftermath of his own side's last-eight penalty shoot-out defeat to the Azzuri in Kiev, Hodgson said he intended to use the match to experiment ahead of a World Cup qualifying campaign that begins in Moldova next month.

There are plenty of options from his fringe men in Poland and Ukraine, with Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson amongst those who might hope for a more meaningful role.

06/08/2012 10:22
sturridge's penalty was shocking. I hope he knows he is the reason team GB were sent home.
06/08/2012 09:51
Pearce is again trying to be clever..when its blatantly obvious that the two players he has mentioned have already been in the England squad especially Cleverlly! Sturridge is no where near good enough and Pearce has stated his eye for a goal! he must be having a laugh!!! Why does not Pearce come out and say 'We as a team were abysmal'! and tell the truth that he did not give us a chance because of insane substitusions and leaving out his best player! How many people are fed up reading all of this drivel from Pearce? There was a great opportunity for GB to have won a medal even though they were not good enough! but it was blown away by a very inept Manager even though the competition of the other teams was not outstanding and a switched on Manager would have won this competition quite easily!
06/08/2012 07:46
Is NOT and never will be an Olympic sport !
06/08/2012 09:56
Now the other muppet has raised his head.....REALLY exciting the british public with his claim that Jordan Henderson will be in his squad!!!!  It makes you want to scream!!  where are these people coming from MARS!!!
06/08/2012 09:00
How can football be deemed an olympic sport when the whole emphasis in football is to swear , cheat, abuse people, when the olympic 'statement of intent' is exactly the opposite ?
06/08/2012 09:01
Cleverly played OK. Sturridge did not, even without his penalty miss.
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