Pearce's young Lions set to go Dutch
Published 22:30 22/02/12 By Martin Lipton
Stuart Pearce is set to follow Peter Taylor’s example when he names his England squad to face Holland in a friendly at Wembley next week.
Just like stand-in coach Taylor did for his one game in charge against Italy in 2000, caretaker boss Pearce is ready to omit a clutch of senior stars in favour of the Three Lions’ next generation.
Pearce spent Wednesday making a round of calls to some of England’s most established players – believed to include Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney – saying he wanted to blood in the stars of the future.
That opens the door for the likes of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley and Pearce’s Under-21 proteges Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has confirmed he was among those being given the week off.
"I have been told I am not involved," said Lescott. "It is a chance for other players to get involved and prove what good players they are."
Pearce will unveil the squad for next Wednesday’s friendly against the Dutch on Thursday morning, as well as the Under-21 party to play Belgium in Middlesbrough.