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Published 18 August 2023 4 min read
England Youth Teams

England men's development team coaches confirmed for 2023-24 season

Written by:

Andy Walker

The coaching line-up for our Young Lions during the 2023-24 season has been finalised


The coaching structure for England men’s development teams has been confirmed ahead of the 2023-24 international campaign.

The MU15s through to the MU21s are all set to be in action for another exciting year for our Young Lions.

Lee Carsley will lead his reigning U21 EURO champions into another qualifying cycle as a largely fresh group, set out with the intention of reaching the 2025 edition in Slovakia.

Former Chelsea and Everton assistant manager Joe Edwards has been recruited to take charge of the MU20s until the end of 2023 on an interim basis. Having progressed through Chelsea’s renowned academy, Edwards is an experienced youth coach who has previously worked with England MU18s and MU20s. Edwards’ group will compete in the U20 Elite League this coming year.

Simon Rusk will continue in his role with the MU19s as they strive for qualification to the 2024 U19 EURO in Northern Ireland having missed out last summer.
Joe Edwards will be taking charge of the MU20s squad for the remainder of 2023
Joe Edwards will be taking charge of the MU20s squad for the remainder of 2023
Having secured a place at the 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup, Ryan Garry moves across with his group as head coach of the MU18s with the tournament set to get underway in Indonesia in November.

Similarly, Greg Lincoln moves across an age group to take charge of the MU17s as they embark on the road to the 2024 U17 EURO in Cyprus.

Neil Ryan will oversee the MU16s while Will Antwi continues as MU15s head coach.

Tom Curtis, Andy Edwards, Ben Futcher and Stuart Delaney will assist across the pathway while there is further coaching support through the FA and PFA’s joint flagship England Elite Coach Programme (EECP).

Peterborough United’s PDP & U21 lead coach Jamal Campbell-Ryce continues in support of Lincoln’s MU17s while former England striker Emile Heskey, who won 62 senior caps, and Fulham YDP coach Callum Martin will join the support staff of the MU18s and MU15s respectively.
Ryan Garry will be the MU18s head coach for the 2023-24 season
Ryan Garry will be the MU18s head coach for the 2023-24 season

The EECP was introduced by the FA and the PFA in 2017 to create opportunities for coaches from historically under-represented groups to work with the England national teams to gain international coaching experience at the highest levels of English football. The programme aims to build a bigger and more diverse coaching talent pipeline for the future.

Tim Dittmer, FA head of coaching, said: “Following last season’s endeavours across our development teams, it has been good to reflect and plan how we continue to provide our England players the best possible experiences over the coming season.

"As a group of national coaches, we strive to achieve this across all activities with the players, their families, and associated clubs. We have exciting UEFA and FIFA competitions to look forward to, as well as carefully designed activities across all other events for our players to experience, perform and compete in.

"We hope to build on and complement the excellent work our young English talent is experiencing at their respective clubs as they strive to carve out successful careers in football or other paths they may take.”

Our men’s development coaching line-ups are listed in full below…

MU21s head coach: Lee Carsley
Assisted by Ashley Cole and Tim Dittmer (GK)

MU20s interim head coach: Joe Edwards
Assisted by Ben Futcher and Anthony White (GK)

MU19s head coach: Simon Rusk
Assisted by Andy Edwards, Will Antwi and Adrian Tucker (GK)

MU18s head coach: Ryan Garry
Assisted by Tom Curtis, Emile Heskey and Sam Meek (GK)

MU17s head coach: Greg Lincoln
Assisted by Neil Ryan, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Matt Doyle (GK)

MU16s head coach: Neil Ryan
Assisted by Tom Curtis and Andy Edwards*

MU15s head coach: Will Antwi
Assisted by Stuart Delaney and Callum Martin*

*Sam Meek, Anthony White, Adrian Tucker and Matt Doyle all to support as goalkeeping coaches across MU15s and MU16s.