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Owen Hargreaves to meet FA over coaching role

Hargreaves in action for Manchester City, where he made only a handful of appearances last season. Photo: PA

Former Manchester City and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves is to meet with the Football Association over taking his coaching qualifications through the organisation.

Prospective FA technical director Gareth Southgate will meet the former England international after virtually four seasons out of the game through injury.

Hargreaves was released by Manchester City at the end of last season, and is currently weighing up whether to call time on his career.

Last week the 31-year-old said coaching or media are other career options he would look at in an effort to stay in the game.

And there had been suggestions he could be fast-tracked through the system by the FA, leading to some kind of official coaching role. This is not the case.

Whilst there will be no fast-tracking, what the FA are willing to do is help him get onto an official course and offer the opportunity to work with some of the younger England age groups in order to gain experience.

With their new coaching hub at St George's Park due to open in the autumn, the FA are keen to bring recently-retired internationals, or others who are coming to the end of their careers into the fold.

Hargreaves clearly fits the bill, as did Phil Neville, who is currently completing his badges and worked with the England Under-21 side last season when Stuart Pearce took charge of the senior squad for their friendly against Holland.

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