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Pearce says failure won't be tolerated.

STUART Pearce has told his England Under-21s that heroic failure counts for nothing - and they must create a new chapter of history when they face Germany in the European Championship final in Malmo tonight.

Pearce has been part of several near misses and he is not satisfied by qualifying for this tournament, travelling to Sweden and reaching the final.

The fact the final is against old rivals Germany adds to the pressure, with Pearce willing to settle for nothing less than victory.

"Success is not coming away as a gallant loser," he said. "We feel we have had no success yet. The only way we will deem to have success is if we win.

"Whoever goes away without the trophy will not think they have had a good tournament."

Pearce wants his youngsters to forget about past encounters against Germany.

"Any matches in the past are in the past," he said. "My only concern is the match.

"The only history we want to create is a victory for us. As for games gone by, they have no relevance."

With Joe Hart's appeal against suspension having failed, the goalkeeper joins Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell on the sidelines.

Agbonlahor and Campbell being banned means Theo Walcott is set to start as Pearce's central striker despite feeling cramp after 120 minutes against Sweden on Friday.

Pearce will choose between Scott Loach and Joe Lewis to deputise for Hart.

Brazil ............................ 3 USA .............................. 2

A LATE header from Lucio added to Luis Fabiano's brace helped Brazil fight back from two goals down to win the Confederations Cup final against United States.

After falling behind to efforts from Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, the South Americans looked out of ideas when they left the field at half-time.

But Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano pulled one back immediately after the restart, before drawing his side level with 16 minutes still to play.

Captain Lucio then had the final say from a corner to claim Brazil's third title.

IN the third-placed play-off, Spain needed an extra-time Xavi Alonso goal to beat South Africa 3-2.
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