James Milner happy with appointment

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has confessed that he is happy with the interim appointment of Stuart Pearce, who he feels would be a good choice to lead the nation to Euro 2012.

The under-21’s boss stepped into the manager’s role with the senior side after Fabio Capello’s resignation, and will take charge of his first match against Netherlands on Wednesday.

Milner feels that Pearce has the qualities to lead England to success in Poland and Ukraine.

“The timing is not as ideal as you would want, changing manager so close to a major tournament, but we will go in as well prepared as we can be,” he stated at a press conference, published by Sky Sports.

“If Stuart Pearce is manager the Euros, it is not a problem for me. He is a great manager, was a great player, and in the two Under-21 tournaments we were unlucky on both occasions.

“We should have won at least one of them but what I noticed was that in the tournaments I had under him, we went in very well prepared.

“He thinks about every aspect which could come up in a tournament, every eventuality, how we are going to have to play, and how to plan for combating certain teams.

“That’s the most important thing going into a tournament, you want to feel you are ready and that it is not going to be a problem,” he admitted.

By Gareth McKnight