The left-back in the Premier League will also continue his work at the Chelsea academy, along with former midfielder Everton.
Ashley Cole has been named second-in-command in Lee Carsley’s new English u.21 coaching staff.
The former Premier League premier, who has played for Arsenal and Chelsea, has been an academic coach at the Blues since 2019 and will continue to help there while taking on responsibilities at the Young Lions.
Carsley was named the best U-21 post after spending time as an assistant with the team.
What was said?
“I will have a great team around me,” Carsley told England’s official website. ‘Ashley is a brilliant addition to the staff and we will also have Tim Dittmer as goalkeeping coach, with all his experience of the game.
“I was on course during Ashlock and was impressed. He’s dedicated to coaching and developing players, so a lot of our minds match.
“We want to win matches. I do not think you can have one without the other, these guys want to compete at the highest level and test themselves to the best. We need to recognize the work done by academics, and I know how important it is to have good relationships with the clubs. ‘
John McDermott, FA’s technical director, added on Cole: ‘I’m very glad I was able to confirm Lee’s appointment and someone from Ashley’s position as his no. 2 could bring in, thanks to Chelsea for their support.
“It was a very competitive recruitment process and the caliber of people presenting themselves underscores the importance of the U21 setup.”
Cole’s English commitment
“I’m very happy to have this opportunity to support Lee and work with the best young people in the country,” Cole said. ‘I loved playing for the national team and now having the chance to work as an English coach is a special feeling.
“St. George’s Park is a great place and I can’t wait to get started. I want to do my best to help develop young players, and at the same time learn from brilliant people.”
Carsley’s staff come in after Aidy Boothroyd failed in the U21 European Championship for five years.
Despite some overwhelming tournament results, the U21 squad has shown very important senior members of England’s team over the past few years, including Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford.