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​FA begins programme to retain Ex-England players within football

The Football Association has set up a pilot programme to help former England players get into coaching to prevent them heading out of the game.

Individuals are assessed and then the FA puts together a learning programme.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is already on a pilot course, while the FA has spoken to ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and former Chelsea skipper Frank Lampard.

"St George's Park is very much open to ex-England players," said FA technical director Dan Ashworth.

"We are keen to get more English coaches either working with our national teams or back into the Premier League or Football League as coaches and managers. I have been in regular contact with several current and ex-England internationals about a pilot programme."

Ian Ferris
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