Former Arsenal and West Ham forward Omer Riza hopes to play ‘pivotal’ part in England DNA after joining Under-16s coaching staff
- September 30, 2019
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The Football Association recently announced Riza, who enjoyed a brief spell in charge of Leyton Orient in 2017, would be one of the BAME coaches involved in the England set-up, alongside the likes of Chris Powell, Michael Johnson and Jason Euell, among others.
Riza will step up from his previous role with the Under-15s to work as in-possession coach at Under-16 level, and the 39-year-old is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
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Speaking to talkSPORT about his new role, Riza said: “It’s brilliant. I was doing the Under-15s last year with Justin Cochrane and Tom Curtis anyway, so the progression has continued from 15s to 16s.
“It’s [the Elite Coach Placement Programme] been spoken about in the media over the last few weeks and it’s a great time to be a part of something like this. It’s a great initiative and gives people and coaches from different backgrounds a chance to be involved and play a part in something pivotal within the English DNA.
“I’m the in-possession coach so I’ll focus on a lot of the stuff that is in possession with the team. That includes analysis of the opposition and making sure that the attackers are playing in a way where we’re able to attack and cause problems to the opposition.
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