England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd joins seniors’ staff for World Cup 2018 in Russia

Aidy Boothroyd believes his presence at the World Cup highlights the “pathway” into the England team.

Under-21s boss Boothroyd, who led his team to a third consecutive Toulon success last weekend, will be one of 58 FA staff in Russia.

Boothroyd said: “Part of my role in Russia is to represent the pathway for players into the first team and to further develop how connected the coaches are across all age groups.

“At St. George’s Park, all of the coaches have a close working relationship. I share an office with Gareth (Southgate) and Steve (Holland), they are very involved with what we do at U21s level.

“We watch each other’s games and players and it’s the same across throughout the pathway. I’ll be a representative for the coaches in the development teams out in Russia.

Aidy Boothroyd will be with the Three Lions in Russia
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“Personally for me as a coach this will be a really good learning experience.

“A World Cup is such a unique environment and it will be invaluable for my professional development.

“To see the way it works, what the logistics are, and how the whole world stops and watches and what the implications of that are.”

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