According to reports, Lee Carsley is considering his future as England Under-21s boss after the Euros this summer. If he decides to walk away, it is claimed that Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Scott Parker will be in the frame to replace him. The trio all have experience managing in the Premier League and will be sounded out by the FA if Carsley does leave his position.
The FA is keen on bringing more ex-internationals into the fold, and Lampard and Gerrard both won over 100 caps for the England senior team, while Parker played 18 times for the Three Lions. Currently, all three are out of work, with Lampard being axed by Everton earlier this year, Gerrard being given the boot by Aston Villa last October, and Parker being sacked by Belgian club Club Brugge last week after a disastrous 67-day spell in charge.
The Mail suggests that the trio would be likely to consider the role with the Young Lions if Carsley does choose to walk away. The Under-21 Euros in Georgia and Romania get underway in June, and ahead of the tournament, Carsley and Co have friendlies against France and Croatia later this month. Carsley has spent the last two years in charge of the Under-21s, having previously spent ten months as boss of the Under-20s.
The FA’s interest in bringing ex-internationals into coaching roles is not new. In recent years, they have appointed former England players such as Gareth Southgate, Phil Neville, and Casey Stoney to coaching positions within the national set-up. The idea is that these former players can bring their experience and knowledge of the game to the next generation of English talent.
Lampard, Gerrard, and Parker are all highly respected figures within English football, and their appointments would be seen as a coup for the FA. However, they would also face significant challenges in the role. Managing at international level is very different from managing a club side, and there is often less time to work with players due to the constraints of international fixtures.
Additionally, the pressure on England managers at all levels is intense. The country has not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, and there is always a great deal of scrutiny on those tasked with leading the national team. Lampard, Gerrard, and Parker would need to be prepared for this level of scrutiny and pressure if they were to take on the role of England Under-21s boss.
Overall, it remains to be seen whether Carsley will decide to walk away from his position after the Euros. If he does, Lampard, Gerrard, and Parker would all be strong candidates for the role. However, whoever takes on the job will face significant challenges as they look to develop the next generation of English talent and prepare them for success at senior level.