Chelsea's assistant first team coach Steve Holland to join Under-21s' staff
The FA can confirm that Steve Holland will assist Gareth Southgate for the upcoming England Under-21s qualifiers with Moldova and Finland.
Holland, Chelsea's Assistant First Team Coach, will join the coaching team at St. George's Park as Southgate takes charge for the first time next week.
Southgate said: "I'm delighted that we will have the input and experience of someone of Steve's calibre joining us for these two games. He brings a great knowledge of coaching, working with some of the very best young players over a long period of time.
"I was keen to bring in someone who has a wealth of experience in youth development, as Steve does, with both Crewe and Chelsea.
"But it's also significant he has worked with players at the highest level in an elite field. Indeed, in recent years he has worked with a group of players who have won FA Cups, Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
"I must also thank Jose Mourinho for his support in Steve coming into the set-up. To have not only the consent, but also encouragement and backing of Chelsea is very important to us."
Holland began his coaching career with Crewe Alexandra, working under Dario Gradi, 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.
Holland said: "The international break at Chelsea is always a very quiet period as we have so many players away representing their countries and often only three or four players remain at Cobham, so Jose Mourinho was very happy for me to be involved and very supportive.
"I met Gareth Southgate this week and we spoke about plans for the England Under-21 team and The FA are looking forward with Roy Hodgson and the England senior side.
"We spoke about the type of player they are looking to select going forwards, the playing style that The FA are looking to apply across all the national teams now and I was very impressed.
"I think it is an exciting time to be involved as I believe there is a strong will within The FA to try to improve the development of our young players, and I am very excited to be asked to be involved."
England Under-21s begin their qualification campaign towards Euro 2015 at Reading’s Madejski Stadium on Thursday 5 September, with Moldova the first opponents. They then travel to Finland for the second game of the double header on Monday evening.