Antrim's Brendan Rodgers could replace Gareth Southgate as the England manager according to reports

Antrim's Brendan Rodgers could replace Gareth Southgate as the England manager according to reports

ACCORDING TO REPORTS in the media this week The Football Association could be looking at Brendan Rodgers as a future England manager. 

Gareth Southgate has held the post since 2016, but has hinted that he may take time away from the role after England's 2-1 defeat to France on Saturday. 

The 52-year-old has led England to the final of the Euros in 2022, got to a World Cup semi-final in 2018, but failed to get past the quarter-finals of this year's World Cup.

Speaking after England's defeat, the England boss said: Look, I've found large parts of the last 18 months difficult. For everything that I've loved about the last few weeks, I still have how things have been for 18 months."

“What's been said and what's been written, the night at Wolves, there's lots of things in my head that’s really conflicted at the moment, so what I want to make sure, if it's the right thing to say, is that I've definitely got the energy to do that.

“I don't want to be four or five months down the line thinking I've made the wrong call. It's too important for everybody to get that wrong.

“After every tournament, I’ve sat with everybody at the FA and talked things through logically and I think that's the right process to go through again.”

Links and speculation has started to increase around who could replace Southgate if he did walk away from the role.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe, Thomas Tuchel have all been linked to the role in recent days,

Now according to The Daily Star, Antrim native Brendan Rodgers could be lined up by the FA to replace the current England boss. 

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham is keen to appoint another Englishman, but his options are limited. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been snubbed, Eddie Howe more than likely will not leave Newcastle, and Graham Potter has only begun his stint at Chelsea.

This means that Bullingham could turn to Northern Ireland's Brendan Rodgers, who is currently employed by Leicester City.

The Carnlough native has been at the Kingpower since 2019 and may see the chance to move as a golden opportunity

Rodgers last cup was the 2020/2021 FA Cup win over Chelsea. Before that Rodgers lifted two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups with Celtic. 

Former Paris Saint Germain and Tottenham Hotspur is the favourite with some bookies.

Odds can be found here