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Friday, 18 May, 2001, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Lee steps up to England role
Sammy Lee (right) talks to Danny Murphy
Lee (right) is to become a senior England coach
Liverpool's Sammy Lee is to replace Manchester United's Steve McClaren on the England senior coaching staff.

McClaren has departed to concentrate on his duties at Old Trafford, where he is tipped as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, who is retiring at the end of next season.

McClaren had been drafted in to help Leicester's Peter Taylor and then new England coach Sven Goran Eriksson following Kevin Keegan's resignation last year.

Lee has previously worked with the under-21 squad and took charge of the team for their match in Finland last October.

Steve McClaren
McClaren is too busy with Manchester United
He joins Peter Taylor and Dave Sexton as back-up to Eriksson and his assistant Tord Grip.

Lee, who will retain his position as Liverpool's first team coach, said: "It is a great honour for me personally and for Liverpool Football Club."

"I have always been thrilled to be involved with the Under-21 set-up and to progress to the senior coaching staff is fantastic news.

"I hope to continue the excellent working relationship with the players that has already been established by Sven, Tord, Peter and Dave.

It's great news that Sammy is joining the seniors' coaching staff
  Sven Goran Eriksson

"I think credit should also be given to the work of Steve McClaren during his time with the team and I hope that I can continue where he left off."

Eriksson added: "It's great news that Sammy is joining the seniors' coaching staff.

"He has great experience through his time with the England Under-21 side and also with Liverpool, with whom he has just enjoyed incredible success.

"I have spoken to Sammy on several occasions recently and know that he has an excellent working relationship with Peter and Dave already.

"I know he will bring more vital components to our team and I'm very much looking forward to working with him."

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