Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard is set to talk with the FA over the possibility of a coaching role within the England setup.
The 36-year-old has admitted he expects this season to be his last as a player as he looks to bow out in style by securing the MLS Cup with the Galaxy.
He has previously confirmed his interest in taking up a possible off-field role with either England or his former club Liverpool, and it seems the club have made the first move to secure his services as a coach.
Gerrard, who accumulated 114 caps for his country between 2000-14, was extremely critical of his country after their embarrassing early exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of minnows Iceland.
“We lost to Iceland, not Spain, Germany or Italy,” he said. “I do not and will not accept that there is not a good England squad out there, or that the players are products of a poor league.
“We failed so badly on Monday night because of our poor decision-making, an inability to respond to events as they unfolded and because we repeated too many of the mistakes of the past.”
The Liverpool-born player competed at six major tournaments for his country but failed to get past the quarter-final stage on any attempt, and is a member of England’s infamous ‘Golden Generation’. The Golden Generation a selection of players which includes MLS stars past and present such as David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Jermain Defoe.
Gerrard returned to Liverpool during the 2015/16 post-season to take part in training and discussed the possibility of returning to Melwood one day with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp whilst back in his homeland. Despite his criticism, Gerrard was, however, quick to state how vital it is not to destroy this young squad’s confidence going into the 2018 World Cup qualification process – a campaign Gerrard could become involved in.
“I cannot remember feeling so down as an England supporter, but we have to act constructively to make sure it never happens again,” the former Liverpool and England captain added.
“And we have to be careful before we write off the idea we have any talent. We need to nurture it before the next World Cup, not kill it.”