Sol Campbell tells talkSPORT he will join England Under-21's coaching set-up for friendlies against Germany and Italy

Sol Campbell tells talkSPORT he will join England Under-21's coaching set-up for friendlies against Germany and Italy

Sol Campbell has told talkSPORT he has accepted an invitation to join England’s Under-21 coaching set-up next month.

The former Three Lions and Arsenal defender was contacted by Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd ahead of their friendlies with Germany and Italy.

Campbell has been desperately trying to get into coaching

They are on the brink of qualifying for next summer’s European Championship finals, needing just a point from their final two games against Andorra and Scotland this month.

And with the FA keen to ensure BAME representation at all levels of the England coaching structure, Campbell, 44, has been given a chance to show he could become a part of Boothroyd’s team long-term.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams after a Premier League Masters XI against African Legends charity match, Campbell said: “I’ve accepted to go with England Under-21s with Aidy Boothroyd and I’ve accepted that.

“It’s for the friendlies against Germany at home and Italy away. For me, what’s happening there is great.”


Campbell has been outspoken in the past when expressing his disappointment about failing to land coaching roles, referring to himself as “one of the greatest minds in football” after talking about receiving a rejection to become Oxford United manager in February.

But Campbell insisted he would be ready when given the opportunity, while also urging any young England players receiving a call-up to the senior chance to take their chance.

He added: “I’m doing my courses, staying in football, watching football at different levels and I’m taking all my notes so when it does come I’m ready.

“I like to play good football so a player could come to me and then come for a year and go back to their club a proper player with experience for sure.”

Listen back to the full Campbell interview with Moose above

Campbell made 73 appearances for England

Campbell made 73 appearances for England

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