Pearce: Preparation is key
Stuart Pearce has learned from the mistakes of previous European Championships and says England's Under-21s will be better prepared than ever. The former England international has been at the Young Lions helm since 2007, with next month's tournament his fourth since taking charge. A final appearance in 2009 is the best they have managed in that time, although they are the amongst the favourites for success in Israel.
“If I roll the clock back and look at my preparation three tournaments ago, I was unsure in my own mind of what worked and what didn't, in regard to the preparation week,”
The squad are currently in Turkey at a pre-tournament training camp and Pearce believes his side will be firing on all cylinders when they kick off their campaign next week. "If I roll the clock back and look at my preparation three tournaments ago, I was unsure in my own mind of what worked and what didn't, in regard to the preparation week," he told www.thefa.com.
“We'll work mornings and mornings only,”
"I now know full well what is the right thing to do as I've seen the results of that. Getting the balance between rest and focus.
“I think we've really got to go out there and be strong mentally and physically, and really take the group by the scruff of the neck,”
"The one thing you do know is that the team who starts the tournament will not be the team that finishes it, that is a fact. "I don't think any team has ever relied on just eleven players for every game, certainly not the winning team.
"You need to make sure you keep injuries to a minimum, making sure recovery is right, and not over-cook the players at the end of the season when they have had a long season.
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