Friday 23 February 2018

Former Ireland midfielder Lee Carsley lands England U21 coaching role

Manager of Manchester City Lee Carsley during the FA Youth Cup Semi Final second leg match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Bet365 Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Manager of Manchester City Lee Carsley during the FA Youth Cup Semi Final second leg match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Bet365 Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Former Everton and Birmingham midfielder Lee Carsley has been appointed England Under-21 national specialist coach.

Carsley is currently in charge of the Under-23 side at Birmingham but previously worked alongside England Under-21 coach Aidy Bothroyd with the Under-19s in 2016.

Carsley, who left his role with the FA to become Manchester City Under-18 coach before taking up his current role with Birmingham over the summer, told bcfc.com: "I know the staff from working there last time. It was a big wrench to leave the FA, but having the chance to work at Manchester City I felt at the time was a big draw.

"The fact that I can now coincide doing the 23s at Birmingham with a part-time role at the FA with the England Under-21s is fantastic.

"A lot of the England team is the team I worked with when I was last there, with the Under-19s, so it will be good to see a lot of old faces and the way some of them have progressed in the last year-and-a-half is outstanding.

"I am really fortunate to be given this chance and I appreciate that the FA wanted me back."

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