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JONES'S ENGLAND CALL

5 June 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion first-team coach Nathan Jones spent this week on international duty, after being called up by England coach Gareth Southgate and the FA.

Jones was approached to shadow and assist Southgate's under-21 squad as they prepare for this summer's European Championships in the Czech Republic.

The Welshman spent the past week at St George's Park, ahead of the tournament which will see the young lions take on Portgual, Sweden and Italy in the group stages; working with the likes of Harry Kane, Saido Berahino, Danny Ings, Jesse Lingard and Albion midifelder Jake Forster-Caskey.

He told seagulls.co.uk, "It's a great honour to be asked to be at St George's Park this week and work with the best young players in England.

"I'm working shadowing the coaches and helping with preparations for the European Championships this summer, and I am grateful to Gareth Southgate and the FA for giving me the opportunity to work at this level.

"It's a new experience, and for me it has been fantastic working with the under-21s; I hope it is one which will help me develop as a coach, and ultimately that can help benefit the club."

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Jones took charge of Albion over the Christmas and New Year period, lifting the club out of the relegation places with four points from two matches, thanks to a draw with Reading and a memorable 2-0 victory at Fulham.

With the England senior squad also at St George's Park, Jones also got the opportunity to watch them prepare for their friendly against the Republic of Ireland this Sunday.

The under-21s tournament starts on the 17th June, and while Jones isn't travelling with the squad, he will be in the Czech Republic on a watching brief for Albion.

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