Club: Nottingham Forest
Growth type: Late/Lasting
Probably England's greatest ever left-back, Pearce had a long and distinguished career. He is best remembered for his time at Nottingham Forest and his England international duties, where he was still highly regarded as a first class defender even to his mid thirties, providing great leadership qualities and backbone to the defense.
The battling left back is well known for missing a penalty against West Germany (later overcoming the miss against Spain) but was a very consistent set-piece taker for Forrest where most of his 63 goals for them came from penalties and free-kicks. He didn't have an extraordinary technique per say but he had an absolute "humdinger" of a left foot.
He had a fantastic workrate, was defensively secure and could also providing some attacking emphasis down the left hand side and have some cracking shots at goal.
He's also a renown hard tackler, had a decent cross, consistent and had great conditioning.
He was given the affectionate nickname of "Psycho" for his unforgiving style of play and his great devotion shown while playing the game.
Football League Centenary Tournament winner: 1988
Littlewoods Challenge Cup winner: 1988–89
Full Members Cup winner: 1989, 1992
Rumbelows Cup winner: 1989–90
West Ham United
Intertoto Cup winner: 1999
Nationwide Division One Title winner: 2001–02
78 International Caps
FIFA World Cup fourth place: 1990
Domestic Team of the Decade - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992/3 - 2001/2)
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