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Ex-Blues men Lee Carsley and Nicky Butt on shortlist for England role

Former Birmingham City player and coach Lee Carsley is claimed to be on a three-strong shortlist to become manager of England Under 21.

The ex-midfielder, who both played for and managed Blues, is a contender to replace Aidy Bothroyd, according to Sky Sports.

They reckon Carsley, another former Blues midfielder Nicky Butt and ex-Bristol Rovers, MK Dons and Exeter boss Paul Tisdale are in the running.

The post has been vacant since Bothroyd’s squad were knocked out of the group stages of the European Championships earlier this year.

The former Coventry City and Watford manager described it as the impossible job when he stood down.

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Carsley is best remembered as a combative midfielder during long stints at Derby and Everton, before joining Blues for a couple of seasons.

He would return to St Andrew’s as a coach with the development team in June 2017 before stepping up as caetaker in the wake of Harry Redknapp’s sacking. He handed over to Steve Cotterill but ended up leaving the club a few months later as Cotterill’s tenure ended in failure.

Carsley has a rich pedigree in coaching having also worked in Manchester City’s academy as well as with various England age groups. He also had a successful spell as interim head coach at Brentford.

He is currently the England Under 20 head coach, while Butt departed Manchester United set-up earlier this season.

The next England U21s fixture is against Kosovo U21 in September.



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