England fans prefer Steven Gerrard to Pep Guardiola as the preferred replacement for Gareth Southgate.

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England fans prefer Steven Gerrard to Pep Guardiola as the preferred replacement for Gareth Southgate.

When the England job becomes open again, Steven Gerrard could be a surprise candidate.

Fans have chosen Steven Gerrard as their preferred candidate to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager. According to the same poll, Southgate is presently viewed as the best man for the job, but if public opinion is any indication, Gerrard might find himself in a strong position to take over when the role becomes open again.

After a season with the LA Galaxy, the Liverpool icon retired from football five years ago.

Since then, he has coached Rangers for three complete seasons, leading them to Scottish Premiership gold last season after going undefeated in all 38 league games.

However, in the big scheme of things, Gerrard is still relatively inexperienced as a manager, so taking on the England job would be a huge step up in terms of pressure, albeit he was used to it as a player.

He has 114 England caps, the fourth most of all time, with 38 of those coming as captain, putting him well inside the top ten.

According to a poll done by YouGov for Betfair, 14% of England fans want Gerrard to take over as manager once Southgate steps down.

However, with 87 percent of respondents believing Southgate is the best man to lead the Three Lions into the 2022 World Cup, that day may be a long way off.

Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City and Pep Guardiola of Manchester City came in second and third, respectively, in the voting.

After his City contract expires in 2023, the latter will undoubtedly be a strong contender, having previously stated that his next job will be in command of a national team.

Against Thursday night, England takes on Hungary in front of 60,000 spectators in front of a rowdy atmosphere.

After homophobic shouting at Euro 2020, UEFA recently issued Hungary a two-game suspension and ordered them to play behind closed doors.

However, because FIFA has sanctioned Thursday’s qualifier, that penalty will not be applied.

Following Thursday’s match at the Puskas Arena, the Three Lions will face Andorra at Wembley, with the Three Lions now having a perfect World Cup qualifying record of three wins from three.

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