Former Arsenal star appointed under 21 coaching opportunity

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Former England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell will work with Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21s team in November, while Terry Connor, former assistant boss at Ipswich, will join Boothroyd’s backroom team for this month’s games with Andorra and Scotland, according to the Sun.

“The FA can confirm a programme has been finalised to ensure BAME coaching placements across all England teams including the men’s seniors and under-21s,” the governing body has announced.

The FA statement added: “This initiative to help to solve the challenge of under-representation of BAME coaches and improve the pipeline of future talent forms part of the FA’s new inclusion plan ‘In Pursuit of Progress’. It is a three-year strategy to lead the way across the game in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Measures are being put in place across all age groups to provide either active or observational roles. The overall aim is to ensure the diversity of national coaches and support staff better represents the diversity seen in players across the teams.”

The FA statement added: “This initiative to help to solve the challenge of under-representation of BAME coaches and improve the pipeline of future talent forms part of the FA’s new inclusion plan ‘In Pursuit of Progress’. It is a three-year strategy to lead the way across the game in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Measures are being put in place across all age groups to provide either active or observational roles. The overall aim is to ensure the diversity of national coaches and support staff better represents the diversity seen in players across the teams.”

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