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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 July 2005, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Fairclough to keep England post
By Chris Bevan

Paul Fairclough
England National Game XI boss Paul Fairclough says he is staying in the job despite also being a Football League manager with promoted Barnet.

He is adamant he can fill both posts despite no longer being on the Conference scene.

"I'm definitely going to continue," Fairclough told BBC Sport. "I have done a lot of work with that team.

"I enjoy it and I believe I can. I have got the integrity to carry on doing it, and I have the scouting network too."

Fairclough led England to victory in the Four Nations in Ireland this summer, and has more plans on the international semi-professional scene in the pipeline.

"I've been pushing us towards a new Under-23 European tournament," he added. "It is a Uefa backed event we have actually got off the ground and it is going to start this season.

"It begins in November and has ourselves, Holland, Italy and Belgium in it.

Every player who was in our squad that won in Ireland is going to be playing in the Football League next year
Paul Fairclough

"We have decided to start it very small. It will run over 15 months, we will play each other once and there will be a winner on a League basis.

"I'm so excited by that. It's taken a lot of hard work to make it happen and I don't not want to do it."

Fairclough has been in charge of England since 2003 and believes the presence of an international side is of huge benefit for non-league players, not least for putting them in the shop window.

"It works," he said. "Every player who was in our squad that won in Ireland is going to be playing in the Football League next year.

"All my players - five of them - have gone up with Barnet, and among others DJ Campbell has gone to Brentford and my captain Scott Kerr has gone to Lincoln."

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