Pearce: Clock ticking for England
Interim England boss Stuart Pearce has claimed players "need to know" the Euro 2012 squad before the end of the season.
Pearce has been standing in as acting boss since the departure of Fabio Capello earlier this year.
It was anticipated a replacement would have been appointed by now but the four-man Club England board charged with naming Capello's successor have, thus far, not even made an approach, let alone got an agreement in place.
So, when Pearce revealed on Tuesday that a squad would be announced on May 10, three days before the final Premier League games are played, he seemed to catch his employers off guard.
"I have no idea whether I will be selecting it but I fully expect, whether it is me or the next man, he will be selecting the squad around that time," said Pearce.
"The season ends on May 13 and the players need to know."
England have friendlies against Norway on May 26 and Belgium seven days later, so clearly a squad will have to be selected for those fixtures anyway.
However, as it was thought the FA were waiting to discover whether Tottenham qualified for the Champions League, it was assumed contact would be made with favourite Harry Redknapp, plus any other potential England manager, once those crucial last-day fixtures had been completed.
It is understood that if this scenario unfolds, the May 10 deadline will be pushed back, with the FA believing they have a further 10 days at most to come up with a squad.
But it is also possible that the FA will now speed up their process and make a move, believing they have hung on as long as prudently possible.
Certainly it is hard to imagine a more confused and shambolic situation heading into a major tournament.
Yet Pearce insists it will not cause any disruption to the players, and would not have worried him if the same situation had applied prior to Euro 96.
"It wouldn't have made any difference," said Pearce, who was a member of that squad 16 years ago.
"Whoever the manager is, as you have seen with many clubs, there is an uplift when the new manager comes in. It just might help the team.
"My ego is not that big that I would feel disappointed if it wasn't me.
"Whilst the organisation needs me to make decisions for the England team, I will do so."