Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce happy with the performances against Romania and Austria
England 4-0 Austria
An England Under-21s International
American Express Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion FC
7.45pm, Monday 25 March 2013
Live on ESPN
England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce says he has “learned a few lessons” from this month's friendly double-header ahead of the summer’s European Championship in Israel.
After beating Romania 3-0 on Thursday, England went one better by thrashing Austria 4-0 at Brighton’s Amex Arena on Monday night to extend their run of good form.
Pearce said: “I’ve certainly learned a few lessons over these two games about the players, which has shaped my mind in regards to the squad in the summer.
“It has been a really good purpose and it gave a few players the opportunity to show what they can do. There are a lot of plusses and they certainly outweigh the negatives.”
When asked when he is expecting to name his squad for the tournament, the Head Coach said: “We’ll be looking somewhere around 13 May, that sort of week.
“That will lead us into the last game of the Premier League season. We’ll have a look at form and fitness around that time and sometime in that week I’ll be fully expecting to name the squad.”
Pearce’s side have now won nine games in a row without conceding and will be among the pre-tournament favourites in Israel.
But Pearce added: “My scouts were watching Italy and Spain this week. I don’t think we’ll have been above them in the favouritism stakes from what I heard on the telephone.
“There are a lot of good teams going to the championships this year and it’s probably the strongest it has ever been. It will be a good test for us.”