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Pearce 'hurt' by crushing German loss

<strong>GERMANY U21 (4)</strong> vs. <strong>ENGLAND U21 (0)</strong><br />ENGLAND Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce admitted his &ldquo;hurt&rdquo; after bring humbled by Germany once again.<br /><br />Pearce exited both Euro &lsquo;96 and the 1990 World Cup at the hands of the Germans as a player, now he is suffering the same anguish as a coach after his side were comprehensive beaten in the European Championship final in Malmo.<br /><br />Stand-in goalkeeper Scott Loach had a night to forget as a brace from Sandro Wagner inspired Germany to victory over Pearce&rsquo;s makeshift squad, decimated by suspension.<br /><br />After the defeat, Pearce announced he had signed a new two-year deal with the Football Association to lead the Under-21&rsquo;s into their next European Championship campaign.<br /><br />But with half of his squad still available for the next qualifying campaign, realistic Pearce admitted there was plenty of work to do in analysing such a crushing blow as this.<br /><br />&ldquo;It is down to me sit back and let the dust settle on this tournament and work out how to improve at this level,&rdquo; the former Manchester City boss said. &ldquo;We have to look at all the reasons for the defeat when the tournament has finished. I said at the start that it would take 23 players to win it and I stand by that. Hats off to the Germans, they beat us 4-0. You have to be humble but it still hurts me.&rdquo;<br /><br />Pearce&rsquo;s men clearly struggled without suspended strike duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell, forcing the coach to employ Theo Walcott as a lone striker. As a result, his side failed to register a shot on target throughout in a one-sided affair.<br /><br />Werder Bremen&rsquo;s Mesut Ozil was the chief tormentor, first sliding the ball through for Gonzalo Castro to slot home the opener before embarrassing Loach with a 35-yard free-kick just after the break which the badly-positioned Watford keeper allowed to roll over the line.<br /><br />Lee Cattermole struck the crossbar for England before Ozil then found Wagner, who slotted through Loach&rsquo;s legs. Wagner rounded it off with a cool fourth, leaving the fiercely patriotic Pearce with a stirring message for his dejected young side.<br /><br />&ldquo;For those other players that can play again in two years hopefully that hurt will stay with them like it did with me when I pulled on an England shirt,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;I hope it stays with them for two years.&rdquo;