Former Bolton Wanderers and England striker Kevin Davies believes the FA should be lining up Brendan Rodgers to replace Roy Hodgson as manager of the national team.
England claimed a 1-0 victory over Norway at Wembley on Wednesday night in their first match since the dismal World Cup campaign, with the performance doing little to inspire optimism for Euro 2016 success.
Rodgers, meanwhile, guided Liverpool to an impressive second-place Premier League finish last season, just missing out on the title to Manchester City, and Davies says the Northern Irishman would be the answer to solving the Three Lions’ recent woes.
‘Brendan Rodgers would be perfect for England,’ he told talkSPORT. ‘The way he man manages the players is brilliant, he always gets the best out of them.
‘He probably wouldn’t leave Liverpool at the moment but might do when Roy’s contract is up, at the end of Euro 2016.
‘The way Liverpool play football is exciting – it’s quick counter attacking play, with pace and passion.
‘Roy will get us through this qualifying campaign but I just feel it’s a bit stagnated. We’re not going forward as a country at the moment.’
With Rodgers enjoying great success with the Reds at present, it seems unlikely that the former Swansea City boss would leave his post, even if the FA did come calling with a big-money offer to try to entice him away from Anfield.
Nevertheless, a lot can change in only two years and, with Hodgson’s England tenure having been underwhelming to say the least, one would expect a change at the helm following the next Euros at the latest.
Whether the man at the top of the shortlist would be Rodgers remains to be seen but, if he continues to take Liverpool forward, then there’s no doubt he’d be among the names being discussed.