Three England legends on shortlist to replace Gary Neville as England coach

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A number of England legends are on the shortlist of names to replace Gary Neville in as part of the new setup in the national team.

According to the Daily Mail, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand are all being lined up as potential replacements. The FA have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of names to approach over the position. Others on the list include former players Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole and Scott Parker, whose England careers were not quite as successful as the other three mentioned above.

Neville, who retired from football in 2011 following a brilliant career with Manchester United, was added to Roy Hodgson's staff in May 2012. It's believed he was given the position to help encourage younger members of the squad to break through and improve the overall performances.


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After Hodgson's departure, it's believed that the FA want a similar ex-pro to be part of the next manager's staff, whoever that may be.

The only problem with hiring a number of the names on the shortlist drawn up by the FA's director of elite development, Dan Ashworth, is that most of these players are yet to retire.

Lampard is currently playing for New York City, while his former Chelsea teammate Parker, is still at Fulham. Gerrard is also in America, under contract with LA Galaxy.

This means that if Ashworth wants to appoint someone quickly, he may choose to look at someone like Rio Ferdinand instead.

The former Manchester United centre-back retired from professional football in 2015 and is currently working at Euro 2016 with the BBC. Once the tournament is over, he may be tempted to move away from punditry and back onto the training pitch.

All that's clear at the moment is that whoever England appoint to the position, they will have a very tough job turning the national team's fortunes around.

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