QPR defender Rio Ferdinand says that he wants to become the England manager in the future.
The former Manchester United legend, who left Old Trafford to join Harry Redknapp’s men this summer, says that he feels that he can go right the way to the top when his playing career finishes.
Ferdinand wants to head into management when he hangs up his boots and he has set his aims for his career high – saying that the Three Lions should put their faith in him, despite his lack of experience in management.
“Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England," he said.
“(Joachim) Low, (Jurgen) Klinsmann were young geezers when they started out with Germany."
"Look at (Marco) Van Basten, (Jose) Mourinho, (Pep) Guardiola and Luis Enrique - they are not old fellas but they were given a chance. It is different in this country. We are 10 years behind in certain situations."
"We have to do what's best for English football."
Ferdinand, who is now 36-year-old, is in the twilight of his playing career, but will be concentrating on on-the-field matters, before focusing on his long-term aim.
He will be expected to be one of QPR’s main men this season after being brought in by the newly promoted club over the summer.
He made an impressive debut for the London side, despite their loss to Hull City on opening day, and already supporters are excited to see him excel in a QPR shirt.
Keeping the club up will be his main priority, but it appears he is beginning to think of his career beyond football now.
Managing England would be somewhat of a tough job, as he looks to pick the nation up from a sustained period of disappointment.
The so called Golden Generation has been and gone for the Three Lions and the onus is now on bringing through the next batch of youngsters.
Current boss, Roy Hodgson, has tried to do that, but the World Cup over the summer was disastrous as his team failed to win a game and crashed out in the group-stages.
The hope will be that things would have improved by the time that Ferdinand is ready to take the reins, but England fans will not have too high expectations.
The nation have consistently disappointed and perhaps, as Ferdinand suggests, appointing a young manager, with fresh ideas, could be the turning point for England as they look to end their long wait without a major international trophy.