By Alex Stevens

Gary Neville has emerged as a candidate to be the new England Under-21 manager, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Neville’s brother Phil Neville and Manchester United academy chief Nicky Butt are also in contention for the position.

The Under-21 position is likely to soon become vacant if, as widely expected, Gareth Southgate is appointed the new manager of the senior England side.

A five-man Football Association panel will convene to decide on the identities of the men who will take over in the dugout for the two sides.

Southgate’s four-match spell as interim boss came to an end on Tuesday night, when England drew 2-2 against Spain at Wembley.

This came days after Southgate steered the side to a notable 3-0 World Cup qualifier win over home nation rival Scotland, which was secured by goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.

The Sun report claims that many at the Football Association are hopeful that Gary Neville can be tempted into the Under-21 role even though he has publicly stated that he might not ever return to coaching following his experience as a member of Roy Hodgson’s backroom staff for four years.

Neville is not only a highly regarded Sky Sports pundit but also has a number of business interests, which includes a hotel chain and a senior role at non-league club Salford.

Phil Neville is working in the media after leaving Valencia earlier this year, where he had been assistant manager.

Former midfielder Butt, the third member of the famed United class of 92, is the current head of the club’s academy after taking on the position earlier this year.

In other Manchester United news, Arsenal have been hit by a major injury blow ahead of Saturday’s Old Trafford showdown.