Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JONNY FORD­HAM

PAUL INCE is the favourite to land the Eng­land Un­der-21s man­ager’s job.

“The Guv’nor” has been boss of Black­pool since Fe­bru­ary, but he is open to tak­ing over from Stu­art Pearce af­ter the Young Lions crashed out of the Eu­ros this sum­mer in hu­mil­i­at­ing style.

Tough-tack­ling mid­fielder Ince (above) won 53 caps for Eng­land and he would be a pop­u­lar choice amongst both play­ers and fans.

Ex-Seasiders gaffer Michael Appleton is also in the run­ning for the po­si­tion, along with Gareth South­gate and Peter Tay­lor.

And for­mer Three Lions boss Steve McClaren, now a coach at QPR, is also on new FA Chair­man Greg Dyke’s short­list.

It is ex­pected a fi­nal de­ci­sion will be made later this sum­mer, with Dyke hav­ing time to get his feet un­der the ta­ble at FA head­quar­ters be­fore mak­ing his first ma­jor ap­point­ment in the post.

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