Aidy Boothroyd bags England U21 job

by Jack Kitson / 03 February 2017, 13:41

Aidy Boothroyd has been confirmed as the new manager of the England U21 side, over four months after Gareth Southgate vacated the post.

Southgate, of course, stepped up to manage the senior team following the departure of Sam Allardyce, who lasted only one game at the helm.

Boothroyd was subsequently placed in interim charge of the England U21 side, recording back-to-back victories over Kazakhstan and Bosnia & Herzegovina in their final Euro 2017 qualifiers, with The Young Lions progressing through to the finals unbeaten (W6 D2).

Boothroyd will now lead his troops into this summer’s showpiece spectacle in Poland, with whom England join in Group A¬†alongside defending champions Sweden and Slovakia.

England are currently the fourth favourites (11/2) to hoist the trophy, behind Germany, Portugal and Spain.

Boothroyd may only be 45, but he has experience of working in each of England’s top-4 tiers with Watford, Colchester, Coventry and Northampton, while he's also managed the England U20 and U19 teams.

Boothroyd memorably led the Hornets from League One up to the Premier League, which was followed by disappointing spells at Colchester and Northampton, although he has since led the England U20s to glory in the 2014 Four Nations tournament, and the U19s to the semi-finals of the Euros.

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