Steve Holland: England appoint Chelsea coach as assistant on permanent basis

Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland
Steve Holland (right) has worked with England boss Gareth Southgate for the past three years

Steve Holland has been named England assistant manager on a permanent basis after an interim spell in the job.

The 46-year-old, who is currently Chelsea's assistant first-team coach, will work with England for the games against Germany and Lithuania in March.

He will leave his role with the Premier League club in the summer to join Gareth Southgate's team full-time.

"If we want to be successful then we have to employ the best people and for me, Steve is the best," said Southgate.

Holland has worked as Southgate's assistant since 2013 - first with England Under-21s and more recently with the senior squad, following Sam Allardyce's departure as boss in September.

"We have worked very closely for three years and I have upmost respect for the way that he works, his professionalism and the detail of his preparation," added Southgate, who was made permanent England manager in November.

"I'd like to thank Chelsea for allowing Steve to join up with us over the last three years.

"It's great that Steve is able to work with us on the March camp but getting him on a full-time basis is very important and I was more than prepared to wait until May for that to happen."

Holland, who managed Crewe from 2007 to 2008, joined Chelsea in 2011. He was part of the Blues' backroom team for their Champions League and FA Cup double in 2012, the Europa League win in 2013 and the Premier League and League Cup double in 2015.

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