Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and Chelsea hero Frank Lampard have been backed by England boss Roy Hodgson to become great managers once they retire, reports the Daily Star.
With both players making what are likely to be their final appearances in the Premier League on Sunday it may not be too long before either is seen on the touchline. The pair have been among the best players in the division for the past decade and more, and will certainly be missed once they have gone.
Lampard has 881 appearances for Swansea City, West Ham, Chelsea, and Manchester City over a 20 year career, scoring 258 goals. He has also played 106 times for the Three Lions scoring 29 times. It had been thought that the 36-year-old was leaving for the MLS last summer, but he ended up going to the Citizens instead and has proved that he still has it at the top level. the centre-mid is now joining New York City at the end of the season.
Meanwhile Gerrard has only ever played for his home town club of Liverpool. The midfielder has 706 games and 183 goals to his name in the Premier League, as well as 114 international caps in which he has scored 21 times. He is signing for LA Galaxy in the summer.
According to the Three Lions manager, this may not be the last we see of the pair though. He said: “I can’t imagine a long-term future in English football without major contributions from Gerrard and Lampard. I’m sure the first people who will try to get hold of them when they return will be Liverpool and Chelsea.
“But who’s to say they can’t be members in an English set-up as well? They certainly know England. They’ve both had 100 caps. But it’s not only their playing ability. It’s their leadership qualities. They’re both leaders. Both of them have the same ability to be a manager. I wouldn’t want to put a cigarette paper between them in that respect.”
He came short of tipping them for the national team job though: “Well then of course it’s headlines – ‘Hodgson says Gerrard or Lampard for England manager’. I don’t select the England manager, so that’s a question for (FA chairman) Greg Dyke.”