Sol Campbell has already met with England officials over U21 job as Arsenal legend aims to succeed Aidy Boothroyd

SOL CAMPBELL met with England officials on Thursday for discussions over the vacant Under-21s job.

SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month that the ex-Arsenal defender, 46, had thrown his hat in the ring to succeed Aidy Boothroyd.

It remains to be seen whether he will get the nod over the likes of current Under-17s chief Justin Cochrane and Liam Rosenior who are also in the frame.

Campbell, who won 73 caps for the Three Lions, previously bossed Macclesfield and Southend.

Boothroyd is leaving this summer when his contract expires after presiding over a second successive group-stage exit from the Euros.

Prospective candidates have been encouraged to apply as the FA conducts a "formal open process" to appoint the new boss.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole spoke of his interest in the role last month but admitted he is not yet ready.

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Cole said: "I've said before I'm not ready for a role like the England Under-21s manager.

"But I'm a proud Englishman and playing for my country was the proudest moment of my career, so I would regard any kind of position like that as more of a calling than a job.


"I've got all my badges and I've began on the road and I do feel like that role needs a younger coach who can get the best out of the players.

"I did a year with the Chelsea academy and I learned so much.

"When I started, they had me give a presentation to all the players and coaches on three managers that I had worked with before.

"For a forty minute talk, I spent two weeks preparing everything.

"I've loved being involved in that side of things, loved the year I did and I feel I learned so much that will help me in the future."

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