England manager Gareth Southgate believes that Steven Gerrard was brave to take the Rangers job and that he can be a future England manager.
Gerrard swapped his job coaching the Liverpool youth players for the high-profile job at Ibrox, while former England teammate Frank Lampard has taken over as manager of Derby.
And Southgate believes that their glittering playing careers will serve them in good stead in the future – possibly taking them as high as the England job itself.
Talking in the Daily Record, Southgate said: “We want more English coaches and when in the future the England job is available, we want lots of high-quality candidates whether they have played or not played.
“But there is obviously an advantage for the guys who have played in terms of the experiences they can pass on, among all the other things.
“There’s an easier route to go but they haven’t taken that, and that’s brave.”
Football Insider verdict:
If you want proof about the pressures of taking on your first manager role when you’re as big a name as Steven Gerrard, here you go. Not even one match played and he’s being talked about for the England job. Joking aside though, the first few games of Gerrard’s reign at Rangers will be crucial. Getting through the Europa League qualifiers is so important to Rangers but they come so early that Gerrard won’t have had a lot of time with his new squad, and won’t yet have finished his summer business. That makes it extra tough, but if Gerrard can inspire his new team to a fast start then the Scottish Premiership could get very interesting next season. We don’t want to add to the pressure on Gerrard but there will be a lot of fans expecting him to win the league next season, or get so close that it’s still competitive come the end of the season. Gerrard’s goals might be somewhat more realistic than actually lifting the Premiership in the first season but he will need to show improvements across the board.
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