Former Derby, Everton and Birmingham midfielder Lee Carsley has been named the new England Under-21 manager, having previously been in charge of the Under-20 squad.
Born in Birmingham but representing Ireland internationally during his own playing career, Carsley will be assisted by English legend Ashley Cole, who will take on the role alongside existing coaching positions in Chelsea’s academy rank.
“I see it as a huge honor and achievement to coach the U21s. It is a truly prestigious position with great responsibility, as evidenced by the caliber of predecessors in this role, “explained 47-year-old Carsley.
Gareth [Southgate] and Steve Holland have always been very supportive and I look forward to working more closely with them. We have a fantastic opportunity to help the senior side by developing the best young talent in this country while combining it with being successful at the under-21 level.
Ashley Cole joins coach as assistant manager / Michael Regan / Getty Images
“We want to win matches. I do not think you can have one without the other, these boys want to compete at the highest level and test themselves against the best. We must recognize the work of the academy and I know how important it will be to have good relations with the clubs.
“I will have a fantastic team around me. Ashley is a brilliant addition to the staff and we will also have Tim Dittmer as a goalkeeper with all his experience of the game. I have been on courses with Ashley during lockdown and been impressed. He is involved in coaching and player development so that many of our thoughts are adapted. ”
In addition to his previous England junior line-up since 2020, Carsley has had previous management and coaching experience in Coventry, Brentford, Manchester City and Birmingham.
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