Gareth Southgate is to become the new manager of the England U-21 squad, reports the Metro.

The former Middlesborough manager, who hasn't held a coaching job since 2009, edged out former England manager Steve McClaren and Michael Appleton, after the F.A held interviews for the position last week.

The 42-year-old ex-England international was in charge of youth development for the F.A, but left that role last year, and is now considered to the preferred choice to take the U-21 squad forward.

Reports suggest Southgate was offered the job on Wednesday and is now in the final stages of negotiations before formally taking the position.

The U-21 squad were woeful in this year's Under 21 European Championships, resulting in the dismissal of former boss Stuart Pearce, but many will be hoping Southgate can help to nurture the obvious potential England have within their youth setup, and help the players to mature into the senior squad.

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