According to The Telegraph, Derby County assistant Liam Rosenior is a leading contender to replace Aidy Boothroyd as the new England U21 head coach.

Boothroyd has stepped down as England U21 coach following five years in charge.

The former Watford man’s biggest success was winning the 2018 Toulon Tournament, but recent disappointment at the U21 European Championships called for a change.

The Telegraph name Justin Cochrane, Joe Cole and Liam Rosenior as leading contenders to take over the vacancy, with the latter highly regarded.

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Rosenior took up the position of assistant coach at Brighton and Hove Albion’s U23s following his retirement from playing, while appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports.

The 36-year-old later joined Derby in 2019 as a first-team specialist to Phillip Cocu.

Cocu’s dismissal earlier this season saw Rosenior take interim charge alongside Wayne Rooney, Justin Walker and Shay Given, before Rooney took the role permanently.

Rosenior has since been appointed assistant manager of the Rams.

But the latest reports claim he could be in line for the vacant England job.

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It would be a blow for Derby to lose Rosenior, but Rooney may already have a potential replacement option lined up in former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt.

Butt recently left his role as United’s head of first team development.

The Sun claimed the 46-year-old could join Derby alongside Rooney in some capacity, with assistant manager most likely should Rosenior leave to take the England U21 job.

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