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Aidy Boothroyd steps up to manage England Under-21s

Boothroyd will step up from his position with England's under-20 team. Credit: PA

Aidy Boothroyd will take charge of the England Under-21 team for their final two Euro 2017 qualifiers following Gareth Southgate's appointment as interim England coach.

The Football Association said the former Watford and Coventry boss will lead England to Kazakhstan on October 6 before returning to face Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall on October 11.

A point against the Kazakhs will be enough to ensure top spot in Group Nine and automatic qualification for the finals in Poland with a game to spare.

Man United defender withdrawn from England squad

Luke Shaw has been withdrawn from the England squad to play Slovakia on Sunday after being rested for training.

The Man United defender was called up for the first time since he broke a leg in horrific fashion last season, but he will not feature in Sam Allardyce's first World Cup qualifier.

It's thought that England are wary of pushing the defender too hard after such a lengthy injury lay-off, particularly since he has played every minute of United's Premier League campaign so far this season.

Spurs defender Danny Rose had been pencilled in to start the match at left-back regardless of Shaw's availability.

You can watch England's first World Cup 2018 qualifier live on ITV tomorrow from 4.30pm.


Greg Dyke claims England could have won Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson's England Euro 2016 squad had enough talent to win the whole tournament, Greg Dyke has said.

Dyke pictured with Prince William during England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia. Credit: Reuters

The outgoing chairman of the Football Association said he felt the young England team had the potential to outplay finalists France and Portugal, despite their exit in the round-of-16 stage.

His words come a day after Sam Allardyce gave his first press conference as Roy Hodgson's successor in the England job.

New manager Allardyce suggested that the team Hodgson had going into the tournament was good enough to raise the trophy, adding that the squad's ability "seemed to dry up" as they progressed.

Speaking outside the home of Bobby Moore, where a blue National Heritage plaque was being unveiled in memory of England's 1966 World Cup winner, Dyke told the Press Association: "We need to keep winning - and we were winning in all the group stages, we just didn't do very well in the finals."

Asked if he agreed with Allardyce's comments that Hodgson had a strong enough team to lead the country to glory, Dyke said: "Yes, I don't think Portugal were that good and I don't think France were that good - I think we could have won in 2016, but we didn't, did we?"

He added: "We've got a talented group of players at the moment and it's about making sure they perform."

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