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Name Stuart Pearce
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The England full-back was a notoriously tough tackler, whilst he was never afraid to play through the pain barrier during a distinguished career. A calm presence away from the pitch, Pearce was a typical case of ‘white line fever’ as his passionate and competitive nature spilled out once entering the pitch. Also lethal from free-kicks and penalties, where he predictably twacked the leather off the ball every time


Org England National Team
Club as Player xxxx

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] I look at Roy Keane, at his good points, and think, if I had someone in my team with that heart, I’d be delighted

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] The crackerjack of British football. The most talented individual I’ve played alongside. Even when he got into the England side, he was not fazed by anyone he played against. He had a real arrogance on the pitch, and loved football. Mad as a March Hare, and brilliant to have around the squad. The reason why England haven’t gone to semi-finals and beyond recently is we haven’t had another Gascoigne

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quote on Gary Neville] He had a wonderful hunger and desire to succeed, which kept him where he was in the game … a Manchester United icon

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Gary Neville] Fantastically consistent for club and country – he played a hell of a lot of games for both. He could play wing back, or drop in as one of your three central defenders

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Stuart Pearce says Phil Foden needs to really look at where he is during the January transfer window] In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment. Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age. He’s coming to that age where he needs to play some games. I think six months out on loan, if he hasn’t broken into the team, would do him the world of good

Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line is, you’ve got to play. Frank’s chucked a few of the youngsters in at Chelsea and that’s probably brought Foden’s name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn’t getting game time. You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Stuart Pearce says Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year] I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year. I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites. Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six-point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play. That might just suit Liverpool

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Stuart Pearce reckons the Reds can go the season unbeaten] The only thing that might stop them doing it is if they win the league and then [Klopp] plays around with the team at the end of the season. But at this moment in time I don’t see them being stoppable. I’ve never seen a team win the ball back in the opposition’s half as much as they did [in the 4-0 win over Leicester] - Leicester couldn’t get out of their own half.

The work rate from the front five is incredible. [Trent Alexander-Arnold scored and provided two assists] His delivery is fantastic and his energy is great

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Stuart Pearce has revealed why David Beckham was left out of his Great Britain squad for the London 2012 Olympics, with Micah Richards, Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy selected ahead of the Manchester United legend] The fact he was an overage player obviously played a part, but his age was irrelevant to me. Whether he was 24 or 37, it didn’t really matter to me, but it did meant he fell into the overage bracket. When I was entrusted in picking the squad, the one thing I wanted to do is have David in the squad. I wanted him to play well enough to set an example to the rest of the players in that squad with the way he carries himself, everything that he’d done to bring the Olympic games to this country. I was desperate for David to be in that squad. But, being the football man I am, I also wanted it to be a fair playing field for every player – so it was only ever going to be in my mind picked on ability. And because of the form of Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy and the fact I needed a good centre-half in Micah Richards, they were the three overage players. I was backed into a corner in many ways and couldn’t pick David, purely because I knew I would have watered the squad down if I did.

[Quizzed on whether he was under pressure to pick Beckham for his commercial value] Oh, like you would never know. Honestly, it’s been the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make in my life, certainly the most difficult decision in footballing terms I’ve ever had to make. I think discussions were had, bearing in mind Adidas sponsored the games, the kit and they were also David’s sponsor. I think conversations were also had between David’s agent and the FA about him having the captaincy – all these things were going on behind my back. And I even believe that once the decision was made by myself that he wasn’t going to be in the squad, it was even mentioned at Downing Street over whether it was the right decision or not, and whether they should replace me as manager – which I quite understand! He [Beckham] wasn’t happy about it, and you can understand why. If he was happy about it, he wouldn’t be the man we all know he was. He was desperate to perform and play at the highest possible level. He was a world-class player, a world-class professional and a world-class fella as well. But I made it abundantly clear to every player when I met with them, and David Beckham was one of them, that you’ll be in this squad on form and form alone