Lee Carsley gets England call
Blues’ Lee Carsley has been appointed England Under-21s National Specialist Coach.
It is a part-time position based around Carsley’s primary role as Head Professional Development Coach at Blues.
Carsley was brought in by Blues during the summer to oversee the development of the Club’s Under-23 players after he left his role as Manchester City Under-18s coach.
But he has always been highly-regarded by the FA after being drafted in by current England Under-21s Head Coach Aidy Bothroyd to help coach their Under-19s in 2016.
Carsley told bcfc.com: “I know the staff from working there last time. It was a big wrench to leave the FA, but having the chance to work at Manchester City I felt at the time was a big draw.
“The fact that I can now coincide doing the 23s at Birmingham with a part-time role at the FA with the England Under-21s is fantastic.
“I’m extremely grateful that the FA asked the Club and felt I was worth getting back and I’m equally grateful that Birmingham allowed me to take up the opportunity.
“I think it’s a bit of a feather in Birmingham’s cap, too, that there’s a coach close to the England squads who is working at the Club.”
Carsley misses Tuesday's Under-23s match against Watford after reporting to St. George's Park at the start of the week. But his duties will be worked around Blues commitments moving forward.
Carsley will assist Bothroyd with a crop of some of the best talents to emerge for England.
Thirteen members of England’s Under-20 World Cup winning squad in South Korea were called up for the opening two UEFA Under-21 European qualifiers against the Netherlands and Latvia.
Carsley noted: “This (appointment) gives me a better idea of the standard of players out there. Obviously we are trying to produce Premier League/Championship players ourselves. And to see what the best look like gives me a real gauge on what more we need to do with our players.
“A lot of the England team is the team I worked with when I was last there, with the Under-19s, so it will be good to see a lot of old faces and the way some of them have progressed in the last year-and-a-half is outstanding.
“I am really fortunate to be given this chance and I appreciate that the FA wanted me back.”
England Under-21s take on Holland in Doetinchem on Friday before hosting Latvia at Bournemouth four days later.