Pearce set to experiment with England

It is understood that interim England coach Stuart Pearce will name an inexperienced squad for a friendly date with Holland.

Pearce, who has been handed the national reins in the wake of Fabio Capello’s resignation, is set to announce his squad on Thursday.

It is expected that he will take the opportunity to experiment, with a number of senior stars set to be overlooked.

A meeting with Holland at Wembley on February 29 will see England step up their preparations for Euro 2012.

They need to start piecing together plans for that tournament, but are keen to take a look at as many players as possible before a decision has to be made regarding their final 23-man squad.

As manager of the U21 side, Pearce is fully aware of what the next generation of English talent could bring to the fold.

He is expected to call on a number of those he has worked with during his time with the Young Lions, offering them an opportunity to impress on the biggest stage.