Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole in the frame of becoming England Under 21 boss

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Ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole ‘in the frame of becoming the next England Under 21 boss’ with Aidy Boothroyd facing the ax after embarrassing European Championship exit

  • Cole, 39, is UEFA A licensed and eager to take charge
  • The contract of England U21 boss Boothroyd is not automatically renewed
  • The 50-year-old oversaw the squad’s embarrassing exit from the U21 Euros
  • The FA applies the Rooney role when looking for a coach

Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has emerged as a surprise contender to become the next England Under 21 boss, according to The Sun

Sportsmail revealed that Aidy Boothroyd’s contract will not be renewed automatically, but he may reapply for the position despite his side’s embarrassing departure from the European Championship.

Cole, 39, has a UEFA A license and is eager to step up to management.

Joe Cole (left) works as an expert for BT Sport, but wants to step up to management

Joe Cole (left) works as an expert for BT Sport, but wants to step up to management

Since his retirement as a player, Cole has worked as a coach in the academy at Chelsea

Since his retirement as a player, Cole has worked as a coach in the academy at Chelsea

Since his retirement as a player, Cole has worked as a coach in the academy at Chelsea

Since retiring as a player, Cole has worked as an expert for BT Sport and also as a coach in the academy at Chelsea.

Despite being one of the tournament’s favorites, England crashed into the group stage for the second consecutive time under Boothroyd, whose contract expires in July.

The 50-year-old has indicated that he would like to continue working, insisting that the path of players joining the senior team works.

Aidy Boothroyd’s contract as England Under 21 manager is not automatically renewed

The 50-year-old oversaw England U21's embarrassing exit from the European Championship

The 50-year-old oversaw England U21's embarrassing exit from the European Championship

The 50-year-old oversaw England U21’s embarrassing exit from the European Championship

The FA, which has charged technical director John McDermott with the appointment, will enforce the Rooney rule and require them to interview ethnic minority candidates.

Justin Cochrane, head coach of the Under 17s, will be a strong contender if he signs up, and under 19 boss Ian Foster is also coming up as a candidate. Sportsmail revealed this week that Frank Lampard, Steve Cooper, Mark Warburton and Paul Simpson are contenders.

But now that the pandemic has created a £ 300 million black hole in the FA’s finances, there is some doubt about making an expensive outside deal.

Swansea boss Cooper helped England U17 to World Cup glory

Swansea boss Cooper helped England U17 to World Cup glory

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been shortlisted

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been shortlisted

Boothroyd has to reapply for the role, considering Frank Lampard (right) and Steve Cooper (left)

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