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England U21 ‘to consider’ Frank Lampard for next head coaching job — report

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A new beginning

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was sacked as Chelsea manager a couple months ago after a season and a half in charge, but he may not be out of work for too long. According to a report from the Daily Mail, Lampard is one of several names shortlisted by The FA to take over England U21 this summer.

Aidy Boothroyd has been in charge of the under-21s since 2016, but he has not been able to deliver the expected results from a team with so much talent available. His only notable success has been winning the 2018 Toulon Tournament, with their last two U21 Euros particularly disappointing, including two losses from three over the course of the current international break to once again fail to make it out of the group stage.

Frank Lampard’s track record (along with assistant Jody Morris) in developing talents such as Mason Mount during their time together at Derby County and Chelsea is seen as an obvious positive should Boothroyd be replaced. Other names on the shortlist include Swansea’s Steve Cooper and Bristol City’s Paul Simpson, who had led England to U17 and U20 World Cup titles, respectively, before taking up their current positions in club management.

Lampard’s own preference might be to return to club management, but perhaps some time at a less demanding level of management may be a good backup plan.