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Rio Ferdinand would relish opportunity to manage England


Sam Allardyce and even U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann have been linked to England’s vacant coaching position, but a former Three Lions player is now saying he would love the chance to take over his native national team.

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was recently asked about accepting the England position if he were offered it, simply saying he’d take it “all day.”

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Ferdinand, who earned 81 caps with the Three Lions during his national team career, saw the writing on the wall with England going into the team’s recent EURO 2016 campaign.

“When you don’t know your starting XI when you get to the tournament, and you don’t know your best formation, there’s a problem,” he said.

The English bailed out in the tournament’s Round of 16, falling to tournament darlings Iceland, 2-1. Despite boasting some of the Premier League’s biggest talents, Ferdinand cited the team’s lack of chemistry as England’s biggest pitfall.

“When you perform in a team, individuals can only perform to their greatest ability when the platform at the bottom is set, the foundations are set... the structure, the understanding of what you want your team to do.

“When a player then is not performing too well as an individual, he can fall back on that platform of structure, the team, the unity.

“That’s why I should be a manager.”