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England U21 boss Carsley not interested in Republic of Ireland role

England U21 boss Lee Carsley has turned down the opportunity to talk to the Football Association of Ireland about the possibility of him becoming the next senior Republic of Ireland Manager.

The 49-year-old was on Ireland's shortlist of candidates to replace Stephen Kenny after the FAI confirmed in November that it would not be renewing his contract.

Carsley was approached by FAI officials to discuss the possibility of him applying for the role, but Sky Sports News has been told he turned down that opportunity, saying he is happy in his current role with the FA.

Ex-midfielder Carsley won 40 caps for the Republic of Ireland from 1997-2008 having qualified for the national team through his grandmother.

    The former Everton and Derby player led England U21s to European Championship glory last summer - the first time England's junior side had won the tournament in almost four decades.

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