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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Roy Hodgson to lead Under-21s

England manager Roy Hodgson and his assistant, Ray Lewington, will take charge of the Under-21 side for the forthcoming friendly against Scotland.

Roy Hodgson has faith in his England side
Roy Hodgson will look to assess the new generation of England internationals.

The Under-21 side are still without a coach after the decision not to renew Stuart Pearce’s contract after this summer’s disappointing showing in the European Championship in Israel.

As the search for a new coach continues, Hodgson and Lewington have agreed to step into the breach for the encounter with Scotland at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on August 13.

"There is an opportunity while the recruitment process goes on for me to work with this squad for this fixture, and it is something I very much wanted to do,” Hodgson told the Football Association website.

"Following the tournament in the summer, a number of players are now too old for the age group, so we will look at a new batch and I'm keen to work closely on the training field with them for the few days before the game at Bramall Lane.

"I watch the Under-21 fixtures and I was in Israel for the tournament but, as a coach, nothing can beat the training field and the team hotel for getting to know players properly. In a World Cup year, it makes absolute sense while there is the chance to do it."

The senior England and Scotland sides are to meet at Wembley on August 14.

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