Chelsea legend Ashley Cole named England U21 assistant coach
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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole named England U21 assistant coach

Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been named as the new assistant coach for the England U21 side.

Cole will join Lee Carsley who will be the head coach of the junior side with the latter having been promoted from the nation's U20 side.

Cole who won 107 caps for England during his playing career said of his appointment: "I'm really happy to get this opportunity to support Lee and work with the best youngsters in the country.

"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."

Prior to his role with the junior national team, Cole has been working as a television pundit since retiring as a player with Derby in 2019.

Carsley comes in to replace Aidy Boothroyd, who left after almost five years in the position. Boothroyd left the Under-21 job on a disappointing note after failing to progress through the group stage of this year's European Championship.

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