Steve Cooper set for new England role

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HITC Sport understands former Liverpool coach Steve Cooper is set to be named as new England Under-17 manager following the departure of John Peacock.

HITC Sport understands from sources that England are set to promote former Liverpool coach Steve Cooper to the role of Under-17s manager

Peacock has left his role as Under-16s boss to return to former club Derby to become a member of Paul Clement's new-look coaching set-up at the iPro Stadium.

Peacock, who was previously Derby's Academy Director, is highly-regarded within coaching circles after leading England’s Under 17 team to the European title twice in the last five years.

Cooper joined The FA from Liverpool’s academy, assuming the post of FA Youth Coach Educator (FAYCE) in 2013 before being named as Under-16s Head Coach last October.

Cooper started his playing career at Wrexham, playing as a professional for two years from 1998, before moving into coaching in 2001.

He became Wrexham’s head of youth and youth team coach in 2006, then joined Liverpool in 2008

He spent five years at the Anfield club, serving as head coach at for players aged 6-11 and later 12-16, before taking the post of Academy Manager in 2011.

The FA have now decided to promote from within and they see Cooper as the man to step into Peacock's shoes to take the Under-17s forward and maintain their recent success.

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