England’s U21 side crashed out of the European Championships with a crushing 3-1 defeat to Italy last night to finish bottom of their group in the Czech Republic.
After his side went into the tournament as second favourites to win the whole thing Gareth Southgate must surely be worried that his future hangs in the balance.
The former Boro boss says he is keen to stay at the helm and so he should – after all who else would touch him now?
However, with England taking a very talented bunch to the tournament – albeit without the injured Saido Berahino – we at Ladbrokes News feel it’s time for a change.
But who do you think is best placed to take the helm? Have a scout through our shortlist and have your say in the poll below.
He may have thrown his hat into the ring to manage the England Bowls team but after being snubbed for the senior role the U21s may be the closest Harry can get to the top job.
For all his arm-out-the-window, cheeky chappie demeanour, Redknapp loathes his reputation as a wheeler dealer and where better to prove his tactical nous than with a Young Lions side that cannot be boosted by signing Niko Kranjcar?
No job speculation is complete without the presence of Curbishley and while he last managed in 2008 the U21 posting could be perfect for the former West Ham and Charlton boss.
Curbs is reluctant to work outside of London and seemingly feels he is worthy of only a high profile posting. But with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Crystal Palace West Ham and even Watford unlikely to call anytime soon St George’s Park could be his best bet.
His ability to take the Hammers to the top 10 in 2008 with a large English presence in his squad could mean he actually has the attributes to succeed too.
Another former West Ham boss currently out of work, Big Sam insists he is taking a break from the game to spend more time with his family.
This is unlikely to be a long-term plan though and the less rigorous demands of the U21 scene could be just what the 60-year-old is looking for.
Allardyce feels he is underrated as a manager and getting the U21s to deliver for the first time since 1984 could just sway others to his way of thinking.
OK, so Bassett is fictional but any manager with his no nonsense, straight-talking, hard line approach to the game would surely get more out of England’s so-called future greats than the recent incumbents.
Bassett would go for a simple 4-4-2, with a big man up top and a grafter in the engine room. Football from the dark ages? Maybe, but at least we’d know what we were in for!
Don’t care it’s the U21s
While it’s good to keep an eye on the future, when was the last time anyone graduated from the Young Lions to make a big impact in the senior side?
Joe Hart aside, just seven of the most recent 23-man England squad have more than 10 U21 appearances, with Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshire and Phil Jagielka notable absences from that list.
The players with the most U21 appearances are James Milner (46), Tom Huddlestone (33) and Michael Mancienne (30) – enough said?
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