Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has been appointed as England Under21 assistant coach.
Cole's appointment will not interfere with his current role at Chelsea Academy. The former England international will be working alongside new coach Lee Carsley who replaces Aidy Boothroyd. Carsley steps up from his position in charge of the England Under-20 side.
"I am really happy to get this opportunity to support Lee and work with the best youngsters in the country,’ said Cole of his new role, which he will split with his Chelsea duties," he said following his appointment.
"I loved playing for the national team and to now get the chance to work as an England coach is a special feeling. St. George’s Park is an amazing place and I can’t wait to get started."
"I want to do my best to help young players to develop, and also learn from some brilliant people at the same time."
Coach Carsley was delighted to see Cole appointed as his assistant and hailed his progress as coach in the past years.
"I have been on courses with Ashley during the lockdown and been impressed. He is interested in coaching, in player development and a lot of our thoughts are aligned," he said.
The 40-year-old has been coaching our Under-15 side since starting work in our Academy in 2019.
We’re pleased to announce Lee Carsley as the new head coach of our #YoungLions, with Ashley Cole joining as his assistant.— England (@England) July 27, 2021