Stuart Pearce will become a member of England manager Fabio Capello’s coaching team, the Football Association has confirmed.
Former England defender Pearce will also continue as coach of the England under-21 team.
“From the start I made it clear to everyone that I wanted an English coach as part of my coaching team,” Capello said on the FA’s Web site.
“I have spoken with Trevor Brooking and Stuart Pearce about this at length and I’m very happy that Stuart is working with me.
“This is very important as Stuart has a lot of experience and understanding of English football. He understands what I am looking to achieve and how I want to work.
“I believe it is crucial that both of us have a close working partnership to get the best for both the England team and Under 21s.
“As well as being involved in all of the planning ahead of games, he will sit next to me on the bench during the matches and have a key position around the team.”
Pearce, renowned for his commitment, played 78 caps for his country. He spent the majority of his club career with Nottingham Forest but also played for Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity and a great education for me to work with Fabio Capello and the England senior team,” Pearce said. “My main focus will still be on the under-21s.
“We have an important qualifier on Tuesday and I will continue to be with that squad as we work towards reaching the under-21 European Championship in summer 2009.
“Once the under-21 games have been played I’m looking forward to being involved with the senior team as much as possible.”