Sol Campbell has emerged as a strong contender for the vacant England Under-21 role

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Sol Campbell emerges as a strong contender to succeed Aidy Boothroyd as England U21 boss after the early Euro exit spelled the end for the former Watford manager

  • Aidy Boothroyd’s contract has not been extended after bad European Championship championships
  • They were knocked out of their group after losses against Switzerland and Portugal
  • Sol Campbell has emerged as a strong candidate to replace Boothroyd
  • Justin Cochrane and Liam Rosenior are also among the contenders

Sol Campbell emerges as a contender for England’s under-21 vacant position as head coach.

The former England international has been asked to apply for the role and it is clear that the 46-year-old has now formally stepped into the process.

Leading figures at St George’s Park believe Campbell has all the necessary qualities to replace Aidy Boothroyd, whose contract will not be renewed following England’s disappointing campaign at the recent European Under-21 Championship.

Sol Campbell has management experience at Macclesfield Town and Southend United

He has earned the necessary coaching qualifications and his status as one of England’s best defenders of a generation during a distinguished club career with Arsenal and Tottenham means he will command immediate respect from players.

The former Southend and Macclesfield boss already has experience working with the U21s and assisted Boothroyd in 2018.

The FA is committed to a thorough recruitment process for the vacancy and has begun compiling a shortlist ahead of the interviews.

Aidy Boothroyd was the England under-21 head coach between 2016 and 2021

Aidy Boothroyd was the England under-21 head coach between 2016 and 2021

Whether Campbell will emerge as the successful candidate remains to be seen, but the fact that he was asked to apply for the position indicates that he will likely be a strong contender.

Campbell’s rise to the job comes from the FA’s commitment to add more diversity to their coaching staff at all levels of their technical setup.

Justin Cochrane, the current England U17 head coach, is also considered one of the top contenders for the job.

Ian Foster, the current U19 head coach, is also eligible, while Liam Rosenior, Steve Cooper, Mark Warburton and Paul Simpson are contenders.

Derby Assistant Manager Liam Rosenior is one of a number of names in the running

Derby Assistant Manager Liam Rosenior is one of a number of names in the running

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