Give Stuart Pearce 2012 GB football coach role - Brooking

Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce (second right) coaches the Under-21s in Denmark

Sir Trevor Brooking thinks England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce should be appointed as head coach of the British football team at London 2012.

Pearce took the Under-21s to the European championship semi-finals in 2007 and the final two years later.

"I would like to support Stuart for the Olympics job because he knows all the players well," said Brooking, 62, the FA director of football development.

Pearce is with the squad in Denmark preparing for the 2011 championship.

Olympic rules state that only three over-23 players are allowed in the national squads, something which Brooking believes puts the 49-year-old former Nottingham Forest left-back in pole position.

"Having been there over the last four years he would be ideally placed to get the best out of that group," he said.

"He is respected by all the lads in the squad. They seemed very relaxed around him at the training camp last week.

"It's something I think we'll look at when he gets back from this tournament."

The associations of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland are to refusing to commit players to the GB team because they think it would affect their status as independent nations within Fifa, even though the governing body said it would not.

Their stance means that the squad is likely to comprise solely of English players, although Tottenham's Welsh winger Gareth Bale has indicated his desire to be involved.

Brooking said he would like to see all of the nations represented in the team.

"Playing in front of a big London crowd in an Olympics would be an unforgettable experience, even if you are Northern Irish, Welsh or Scottish, but it's their decision," he said.

"I've always thought that it would be great for this tournament that the team would be British but it's for the different associations to decide."

Meanwhile, Brooking told BBC Sport that he thinks lack of first-team opportunities may hinder the progress of defender Phil Jones, who is set to join Manchester United after having a medical on Wednesday, and midfielder Jordan Henderson who signed for Liverpool this week for about £20m.

"They've come through the system and we hope they have a good tournament in Denmark," said Brooking of the England Under-21 players.

"We'd like them to get regular football. At United, there's another England player - Chris Smalling - who's also battling to get into the side. There's going to be competition, so we'll wait to see if they play regularly."

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