Former Brighton and Fulham star a contender for England role after Aidy Boothroyd exit

Ex-Albion defender and Derby County assistant manager Liam Rosenior is a contender for the vacant role as manager of England under-21s

Former Brighton defender Liam Rosenior is currently Wayne Roomey's assistant at Derby County
Former Brighton defender Liam Rosenior is currently Wayne Roomey's assistant at Derby County

Rosenior is said to be under consideration by the FA, alongside England under-17s coach Justin Cochrane and Chelsea academy coach and former England international Joe Cole.

Rosenior made 44 appearances for Albion having joined on a three contract following his release from Hull City in 2015. The 37-year-old made a good impression at Brighton and started his coaching career with the club as Simon Rusk’s assistant manager with the under-23s.

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In 2019, Rosenior left the Amex Stadium and was appointed specialist first team coach to Phillip Cocu at Derby County and was promoted to assistant manager of Derby in 2021 following the appointment of Wayne Rooney as manager.

The former Fulham and Reading defender has yet to take on a managerial role but he has impressed following his transition from playing to coaching.

Current under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd confirmed he will leave once his contract ends this summer. Boothroyd has been in charge of the under-21s since 2016 and his finest moment was leading his side to victory at the Toulon Tournament in 2018.

But last month England finished bottom of their group at the under-21 Euros as they lost to Portugal and Switzerland before beating Croatia in their final match.

"We didn't finish in the way we wanted," Boothroyd said. "I'm very proud to have been able to work so closely with players who I know will go on to have remarkable international careers."

The FA are keen to appoint the new under-21s manager by August, in time for the 2023 European qualifiers that start in September.