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Ehiogu joins Under-20 coaching staff

Former England international defender Ugo Ehiogu has joined Peter Taylor's England Under-20 coaching staff for this summer's Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Ehiogu, 40, will travel with the squad in an observational capacity as part of his coach education programme. The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough player who made over 350 Premier League appearances is due to complete his UEFA A Licence at St. George's Park in June and has been working with Tottenham's academy since last August.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be involved, the call came as a welcome surprise. It should be a great experience and I hope that everyone can make the most of it, enjoy it and try to come back with the trophy," he said.

"Peter Taylor has a lot of experience that I can tap into and learn from by being part of the back-room staff. I've seen Peter about at games, we've had a good chat about things and I'm really looking forward to joining up and working together.

"I've done a couple of prep courses and I start my A Licence in May, so it's something that I'm looking forward to. I'm fortunate that I've been able to get some experience and regular work with Spurs, but there's a massive amount of knowledge to pick up and use."

Taylor added: "There were some names mentioned regarding pros who were finishing their careers and wanting to go into coaching and it's something that The FA are quite rightly encouraging.

"We want our good players, especially those who have played at international level, to stay in the game and to pass on their good experience to younger players. And when Ugo's name came up, I thought he was perfect and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"I think it's good to see ex-players going through the courses and getting their badges. Sometimes, players just wake up one day and say they want to be a coach, but it just can't be done that way.

"You have to go through the long process of working and studying and when they do that, you know they are very serious about it. I've spoken to Ugo about things and he's really looking forward to it so it will be very good for our players, particularly the defenders, to talk to Ugo about things."

Chile, Iraq and Egypt will provide England's opposition in the group stages of the tournament.


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