Sol Campbell is emerging as a contender for the vacant England Under-21 head coach position.

The former England international has been asked to apply for the role, and it is understood the 46-year-old has now formally entered the process.

The Football Association will close applications for the post on Wednesday as they look for replacements for Aidy Boothroyd who left last month after five years in charge.

Boothroyd was axed after England under-21s failed to reach the final stages of this summer’s European Championships and FA bosses want to make an appointment to improve their recent poor record in tournaments.

Current England under-17s boss Justin Cochrane is also a strong contender having also worked under FA technical director John McDermott during their time together at Tottenham.

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