England Centurion Handed Under-21 Role

Last updated : 03 August 2021 By Three Lions

Ashley Cole will work alongside new England Under-21 manager Lee Carsley after the Football Association confirmed that Carsley had been named as Aidy Boothroyd's successor.

England Under-21 Match Programme

Former Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City midfielder Carsley had been widely tipped to step up from his role with the Under-20's.

He told the FA website: "Gareth (Southgate) and Steve Holland have always been very supportive and I'm looking forward to working more closely with them."

He will be assisted by Cole, capped 107 times by his country and currently working in Chelsea's academy.

"I loved playing for the national team and to now get the chance to work as an England coach is a special feeling," he said.

As well as developing players for the senior team, the main goal for the new manager is to make sure England qualify for the 2023 Uefa European Championship.

Qualifying begins next month with a home game against Kosovo (venue as yet unconfirmed) before an October double-header on the road in Slovenia and Andorra.