Chelsea coach Steve Holland to remain as assistant with England U21s on part-time basis
The FA can confirm that Steve Holland will continue to assist Gareth Southgate for the rest of the England Under-21s Euro qualification campaign.
Holland, Chelsea's assistant first team coach, joined Southgate and his staff for the first two qualifiers against Moldova and Finland earlier this month.
With four points secured from that double-header, next up for the England Under-21s in their quest to reach the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship is a trip to San Marino before taking on Lithuania at Ipswich's Portman Road next month.
And Southgate is pleased that Chelsea have given permission for Holland to continue his work with the Three Lions.
The Under-21s Head Coach said: "I was delighted that Steve was able to join us for our first two qualification games and his positive impact on the training ground was clear to see from day one, as I knew it would be given his wealth of experience and first-rate talents as a coach.
"Clearly, therefore, I am thrilled that Steve will be staying with us for the remainder of the campaign and I reiterate my thanks to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea Football Club for their continued support.
"Steve shares my belief in giving young players the confidence to express their talents and play the game in the right way, which is something The FA are looking to apply across our national teams.
"I have no doubt that by enabling our best young players at Under-21 level to benefit from Steve's input over a sustained period such as this can only be a positive experience during this exciting time."
Holland was also excited to have secured his spot within the Under-21 setup, adding: "Originally the arrangement was for the Moldova and the Finland games but to be asked to be involved until the end of the campaign is something I am very happy about.
“I enjoyed working with Gareth. He is a good guy and a very intelligent guy regarding football and I think we work well together.
“I am grateful to Jose Mourinho for being so supportive. Chelsea is my job and this is something extra and had Jose had any doubts I wouldn’t do it but as he pointed out, international breaks at Chelsea are quiet periods because of our players playing all around the world. We are all happy it won’t affect my job here and it is something I am looking forward to.
“I was never good enough as a player to represent my country and I had never experienced standing there listening to the national anthem before a game until this month, and it was a special moment. To be asked to coach for your country is the next best thing.“
Holland began his coaching career with Crewe Alexandra, working under Dario Gradi and overseeing a succession of talented young players graduating through the Academy system, many of whom would go on to international honours.
After almost 17 years at Gresty Road, Holland joined Stoke City before moving to Chelsea in August 2009.
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