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FA Chiefs Approach Gerrard Re Coaching Role With England Team

Steven Gerrard has been approached by FA Chiefs about taking up a role in the England youth set up whilst he completes UEFA badges and will also be consulted on next Lions boss.

The England and Liverpool skipper currently plays for LA Galaxy in America but is due to return in November after the MLS season ends.

However, his return to England could be sooner, after it was revealed last month both Gerard and his wife Alex were homesick and “desperate” to return home “within months.”

Gerard who is highly regarded, will also be consulted by FA chief executive Martin Glenn on who should succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager, after the former Liverpool and Fulham boss resigned immediately after England’s 2-1 defeat to Iceland in UEFA Euro 2016 on Monday.

It is believed Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and James Milner will also be consulted during the hunt for the new manager, who will be employed under a pay-as-you-win contract, putting an end to the fortunes earned by previous Three Lion bosses.

Glenn said: “To start off it has to be results orientated. Roy’s got a fortune but it’s half the fortune that Fabio got.

“So, to get a really good person and they are earning £4m in a club, you have to be in that zone. You’ve got to pay a market attractive rate but no-one wants to be naive.”

Gerrard blamed England’s disastrous exit from the Euros at the Group stage, on players being gripped by panic caused through too many ‘mistakes of the past.’

“When England went behind, many of those players will have been thinking of the consequences of defeat as much as what to do to get back in the game,” he said.

“Panic sets in. The frustration takes over. You freeze and stop doing those things you know you should be. You start forcing the game, making the wrong choices with your passes, shooting from the wrong areas and letting the anxiety prevent you from doing the simple things.

“Everything you said and prepared for before the game gets forgotten. I hear people say that is a sign of mental fragility. Maybe it is, but that is what we have got with the England team created by 50 years without winning a major tournament. It’s what happens.”

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