Former Newcastle defender wants England coaching job

Sol Campbell believes he is the man to fix England's leaky defence and insists he would still jump at the chance to work with the national side.
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Sol Campbell

Roy Hodgson’s men head to Euro 2016 with a wealth of attacking options but their ambitions in France may hinge on their shaky back line.

Chris Smalling was sent off after two clumsy challenges in the FA Cup final on Saturday while both John Stones and Gary Cahill have endured inconsistent campaigns.

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Campbell, who played 73 times for England and in six major tournaments, spoke to the FA in 2012 about a coaching role but was overlooked in favour of Gary Neville.

The former Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal centre-half, however, insists he holds no grudges and has opened the door to another approach.

“I asked to help out with the defence four years ago but isn’t that Gary Neville’s job?” Campbell said.

“If they want someone to come in and help the young defenders I would absolutely do it, I’d do it all day long.

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“I’ve just passed all my coaching badges, I’ve coached around the world and I love England. I’ve been with England since I was 14 years old at Lilleshall, it was my dream.

“I would do anything for England and I’ve always thought I could bring something to the defence in a coaching capacity.

“So yeah, I’m here if they need me. But would the FA come back? Who knows?”