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Lee steps in for U-21 friendly in Holland

Sammy Lee will get a glimpse of the job he turned down earlier this season after the Football Association confirmed he will take temporary charge of England Under-21s in this month's friendly in Holland.

Peter Taylor has guided the under-21s to the European Championship finals next year but is unavailable for the clash due to his full-time role at Crystal Palace, who are struggling in the Coca-Cola Championship.

England boss Steve McClaren had wanted a full-time boss for the under-21s but Lee turned down the role in favour of staying at Bolton as assistant manager.

Lee, who spent five years working with the senior team, said: 'It's a privilege to be able to step in and take over for this match - it's great to know I was Peter's choice.

'Although it's for one game only it's a pleasure to be helping him out and I'm looking forward to getting involved.'

Taylor has been working on a match-by-match basis as McClaren looks for a full-time successor, and he has been responsible for developing a host of youngsters for the seniors such as Stewart Downing, Aaron Lennon and Kieran Richardson.

Under-21 players have stated they want Taylor in charge for next year's finals, which is also in Holland, after he guided them through a qualification play-off against Germany.

Taylor said: 'I love working with the under-21 team and I'm very proud of our achievement in qualifying for next summer's European Championship. However, my first priority must be Crystal Palace and at this time I must commit all my time to the club.

'I hope to be available again for the under-21s' next match in February and for the championships but in the mean time Sammy is the perfect man to coach the team.'

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development, added on the FA website: 'We fully understand Peter's position.

'He's done a great job with under-21s but it is understandable that he wants to give his full attention to Crystal Palace at this moment in time.

'Crystal Palace have been very supportive of Peter's role with England, and hopefully Peter will be back with the under-21's for the February fixture and next summer's European Championships.'