Date of birth: 24 April 1962
Playing career: Wealdstone FC, Coventry City FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Newcastle United FC, West Ham United FC, Manchester City FC, England
Coaching career: Nottingham Forest FC, Manchester City FC (coach, manager), England Under-21s
• Pearce played non-league football and was a part-time electrician before his professional career got going in 1983 at Coventry City. The left-back spent two years there and then moved on to Nottingham Forest, coming under the tutelage of Brian Clough.
• The first of his 78 England caps arrived the same year. He missed a penalty in the semi-final shoot-out defeat by West Germany at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but Pearce successfully converted against Spain and Germany again in EURO '96 – although England lost the latter encounter, again in the last four.
• Won the League Cup in 1989 and 1990 with Forest, where he became player-manager in 1996/97, but was unable to keep his side in the top division. Left to continue playing, at Newcastle and West Ham. Pearce was first team coach to Kevin Keegan at Manchester City in 2001 and took over four years later but was sacked in May 2007.
• Three months beforehand, he had been appointed Under-21 coach on a part-time basis. He took the role permanently after leaving City and guided England to the UEFA European Championship semi-finals in 2007 and the final, where they lost 4-0 to Germany, in Sweden two years later. They again qualified for Denmark in 2011, but could not progress past the group stage.
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