Lee Carsley says he's never had any contact with the FAI about jobs within the Irish coaching set-up. 

Carsley earned 40 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 1997 and 2008 and since his retirement has established a reputation as one of the brightest youth coaches working in the English game.

Having previously worked at the Manchester City academy, Carsley is now assistant manager to the England Under-21s under former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd. The pair take a highly regarded side to the European Championship finals in Italy next year. 

Despite that pedigree, Carsley confirmed on RTÉ 2fm's Game On this evening that he hadn't been approached by anyone in the FAI.

"I wasn't approached. I've never spoken to anyone off the FAI. I didn't have one phone call off anyone with regards to any jobs. It's not something I've chased after. It's always nice to approached but it's not something that I'd push," he said.

"Obviously, I played for Ireland. At some point, I would like to be involved in the coaching. But I really love what I'm doing at the minute and I always have done. 

"You'd like to think it's down to the standard of coaching in the Irish league. And all the coaching courses that the FAI put on which means there's a pathway for coaches in the country, which is fair enough. I've no qualms with that. If it's working and they're producing players, then I'm all for that."

After decades of underachievement, the future suddenly looks bright for England, largely thanks to the work in the underage sphere in recent years. 

It's a system with which Carsley is intimately acquainted, though he says a vital step is players being given a chance in the first team at their clubs. 

"We've got a lot of players in the system that are excellent players. The standard is very good. Having an academy system helps. But ultimately, it's down the players getting the opportunity in their (club) first team. It's all about the opportunity," he explained.

"The fact that the English FA have got a DNA which all teams are trying to move towards and replicate at all age groups really helps because you've got a structure and you know what an England team should look like."

When the chat inevitably turned to Declan Rice, Carsley took the opportunity to reject "disgusting" rumours that he was being employed to prevent players declaring for Ireland. 

"I read something once on one of the websites that I was employed by the English FA to stop Irish players playing for Ireland. It was a disgusting thing to say, to be honest. It's embarrassing. As if I'd do that," he insisted.

"My thoughts are - let the players decide. You should never force anyone to do anything. You want the players who'll run towards you rather than run away from you."