Fabio Capello manager of England gestures during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Capello resigned as England manager on February 8, 2012. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Fabio Capello Resigns As England Boss; Stuart Pearce Named Interim Manager

Fabio Capello has resigned his position as England manager. The FA has named Stuart Pearce as interim manager.

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Stuart Pearce Named Interim Manager Of England National Team

Less than a day after Fabio Capello announced his resignation as the England national team manager, The FA have named Stuart Pearce as the interim manager. The 49-year-old Pearce will take charge of the team for their friendly match against the Netherlands on Feb. 29 while the FA looks for a permanent replacement.

Pearce has been the manager of the England U-21 side since 2007 and was the expected choice to take over the team on an interim basis. In addition to his duties as U-21 boss, Pearce will be coaching the Great Britain Olympic team -- a U-23 team with three overage players -- at the London 2012 Olympics. Before taking over as England U-21 manager, Pearce was the manager of Manchester City for two seasons. Pearce played over 1000 professional football matches as a defender during his playing career and represented England 78 times.

This is almost certainly not a case where an interim manager can win himself the job by getting good results during his time at the post. England will be looking for a much more experienced manager to take over the job on a permanent basis.

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