Psycho at England helm frightens me

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce
England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce
Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

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From way out left-field comes the suggestion that Stuart Pearce takes charge of England for Euro 2012.

What I did not bargain for was that the alarming idea would come from Pearce himself.

Old ‘Psycho’ is still a very intense character, but appeared to be doing a statesman-like sales pitch at a press conference last week.

The idea of Pearce being in charge as a caretaker for the Euros is, frankly, frightening after the laborious effort of his under-21 team at their European Championship last summer.

Neither did his strange hotch-potch selection for the Holland match this week inspire much confidence.

This game is a big test against a powerhouse side.

So why not play a full-strength England team and treat it as a dress rehearsal?

Instead, Pearce leaves out several regulars and selects the out-of-form Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea and, more oddly, Sunderland’s Fraizer Campbell.

Campbell is a promising-enough young striker.

But the former Manchester United man has only just returned from a long-term injury and must have thought the FA’s phone call was a wind-up. But he’s in.

And Arsenal’s gifted 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – a sure-fire bet to be part of England’s future – is left in the under-21s.

Giving the young tyro half an hour against Holland would have been a far more useful piece of education.

Much as I admire Stuart Pearce, his management credentials are too thin for him to handle the national team this summer.

And the FA should not even be entertaining the idea.