Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard emerges as a shock candidate for the England Under-21 head coach

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Frank Lampard is emerging as a SHOCK candidate for the England Under-21 role as head coach, with FA looking to replace Aidy Boothroyd after disappointing euros.

  • The Football Association will consider Frank Lampard as a candidate for Under-21s
  • Aidy Boothroyd’s contract expires this summer and he is about to leave his post
  • Whether Lampard would like to work in international football is not yet known

The Football Association sees Frank Lampard as a shock candidate when they look for a new head coach for England under 21.

Aidy Boothroyd’s contract expires this summer and it is acknowledged that the time is right for a change, based on what was yet another bitterly disappointing European Championship.

While the Under-21s can still qualify from their group in Slovenia, they face a daunting task after defeats against Switzerland and Portugal, and Boothroyd will have to deal with questions about the team’s performance.

The Football Association considers Frank Lampard a shock candidate for England U21

The Football Association considers Frank Lampard a shock candidate for England U21

This seems like a natural time to move in a new direction and there are many in St George’s Park who admire Lampard’s work as well as coaching staff Jody Morris and Joe Edwards.

Whether Lampard, 43, would want to work in international football at this stage in his career is not yet known, as he made no secret of wanting another crack at club management after leaving Chelsea.

There’s no question, however, that Lampard has the pedigree to inspire young players, and Gareth Southgate sang his praises in Albania on Sunday for his role in the development of Mason Mount.

Whether Lampard would want to work in international football at this stage is not yet known

Whether Lampard would want to work in international football at this stage is not yet known

Whether Lampard would want to work in international football at this stage is not yet known

Current head coach Aidy Boothroyd's contract expires this summer and he is about to leave

Current head coach Aidy Boothroyd's contract expires this summer and he is about to leave

Current head coach Aidy Boothroyd’s contract expires this summer and he is about to leave

John McDermott, the FA’s new technical director, will be in charge of finding the next Under-21 boss and there will be other candidates.

Steve Cooper – who led the Under-17s to World Cup success in 2017 – does an excellent job at Swansea, while Paul Simpson, who oversaw the Under-20s World Cup success, also has excellent credentials.

QPR boss Mark Warburton was considered FA technical director before Les Reed was appointed in 2018, and is also in the frame.

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