Manchester City and Liverpool stars set for England mentor role

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is due to be offered an ambassadorial role with the Football Association, along with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

The 36-year-old retired from international duty in the summer, but FA chiefs were impressed with the manner he mentored a number of younger players during the World Cup.

Having departed Stamford Bridge at the expiration of his contract, midfielder Lampard signed for New York City in MLS, but agreed a short-term switch to Manchester City until the new year. He has proven doubters wrong in the last few weeks, netting a valuable equaliser at the Etihad Stadium against his former club, before scoring twice in the Capital One Cup, and then extending his goalscoring form on Saturday, finding the back of the net against Hull City.

The 106-capped man retired from international duty following the World Cup, but the Daily Mail is reporting that England boss Roy Hodgson, as well as a number of individuals in the FA, were impressed with the way he coached a number of the ultimately unsuccessful squad in Brazil, and they have earmarked him for an ambassadorial role within the international set-up as part of a scheme to keep former players involved in the national team.

Liverpool captain, and also retired former England captain, Steven Gerrard, who, like Lampard, stepped down following the woeful Brazil campaign, is another ageing star who has been set aside for a role with the set-up.

Having both been part of the so-called English ‘Golden Generation’, the duo have a lot to offer to the younger players who have yet to experience the final stages of tournament football. The three consecutive quarter-final finishes endured between 2002 and 2006 have yet to be replicated, and the FA will be hoping that Lampard and Gerrard are finally able to help push England past the crushing pain of defeat and into an era of unrivalled success.

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