Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK MCCAULEY

(right ENG­LAND goal­keeper Joe Hart reck­ons Stu­art Pearce can turn the Three Lions into win­ners.

The in-form Manch­ester City shot-stop­per has grad­u­ated from Pearce’s Un­der-21s to be­come the undis­puted No.1 in the se­nior side.

Psy­cho al­most led the Young Lions to Euro glory in 2009 when they were beaten in the final by an out­stand­ing Ger­many side.

That had also been the case when hard-man Pearce was a player as the Krauts pipped us for a place in the 1990 World Cup final via a penalty shootout.

But that’s closer than we ever got un­der for­eign flops Sven Go­ran Eriks­son and Fabio Capello.

So Hart wouldn’t mind one bit if Pearce re­mained in tem­po­rary con­trol at the Euro 2012 fi­nals.

And if it came down to penal­ties again, Hart reck­ons we’d have a much bet­ter chance.

He said: “He is a pas­sion­ate man and be­ing in­volved with Eng­land is per­fect for him and what he’s about.

“With Stu­art Pearce, ev­ery­thing we have done has been geared around tour­na­ment foot­ball.

“With the Un­der-21s it was all about de­vel­op­ment and get­ting peo­ple ready.

“We don’t prac­tise penal­ties very much at Manch­ester City, be­cause there aren’t many

YOUTH CLUB: Wel­beck and Stur­ridge inset) will get their chance to shine in the ab­sence of Bent and Rooney (be­low inset)

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