Gareth Southgate has suffered a major setback in his Euro preparations after losing a key member of his coaching staff less than a month before the tournament.
England coach Allan Russell left his role with the Football Association after a court fined him £2,000 for his part in a road traffic accident last year.
Russell, 40, who was a specialist striker coach in Southgate’s set-up, held talks with the FA who decided it was “in the best interests” for him to go.
Scotsman Russell was a passenger in a collision in Oxfordshire last year which left man in another vehicle with serious injuries.
Russell was fined for allowing his car to be driven by a family member who was over the legal drink drive limit and uninsured.
An FA spokesperson said: "We were made aware last Thursday of the circumstances of Allan Russell's involvement in a road traffic accident in July 2020.
"We have agreed with Allan that it is in the best interests of all for him to leave his consultancy position. We would like to thank him for his work."
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England boss Southgate may promote from within to bolster his coaching staff but may struggle to find a direct replacement for such a specialist position.
Russell worked with the likes of Harry Kane after joining the FA in 2017 and Kane finished the 2018 World Cup as top scorer.
Russell also works at Aberdeen where he will stay on after they said he was “deeply remorseful.”
A spokesman for Russell said: "He is very mindful of the impact this has had on all parties involved.
"Furthermore, he does not want to become a distraction to Gareth Southgate and the England team going into the Euros this summer.
"He has therefore agreed to leave his post with the FA and will concentrate fully on his coaching role at Aberdeen FC."
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