England: Ray Parlor names two possible substitutes for Gareth Southgate | Soccer

England vs Hungary: UEFA Nations League - League Path Group 3

England boss Gareth Southgate is under pressure (Image: Getty)

Brighton head coach Graham Potter and Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard has been proposed as future England manager as pressure mounts on Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

Former England international Ray Parlor tipped the Premier League leadership duo after the nation’s disastrous form, which saw them go four games without a goal – their worst form since the Roy Hodgson era – and their heaviest home defeat since 1928.

However, Parlor, who has ten caps for the Three Lions, stressed that Southgate’s future should only be decided after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.

“If he fails at the World Cup, then obviously [Southgate’s] Jobs up,” Parlor told talkSPORT on Wednesday. “In the future, someone like Steven Gerrard [could take the England job].

“Right now you’d probably be looking at someone like Graham Potter, wouldn’t you? Ideally you want an Englishman to run England, but you also want the best coach.’

The 47-year-old Potter, who is regarded as one of the best English managers in football right now, has managed Brighton for three full seasons, guiding them to 15th, 16th and ninth place respectively.

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Hungary celebrate a stunning win over the Three Lions (Image: Getty)

He has worked his way up through the senior ranks and started his career in Sweden with Östersund, where he achieved three promotions, won the Swedish Cup and guided them to the Europa League knockout stages in 2017-18 before joining Swansea City for the championship.

Gerrard, regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation and one of just nine players with more than 100 caps in England, has been in charge of Villa since November after winning the Scottish Premier League title with Rangers in an invincible season 2020/21.

Meanwhile, Southgate, who led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and Euro 2020 final, has admitted he is “hurt” by their performance last night, with the 4-0 loss to Hungary their first defeat in history was unsuccessful by four or more goals on home soil.

“Tonight was the kind of night that many of my predecessors experienced and it’s difficult to stand there,” he said.

“I won’t say it doesn’t hurt but I’m very clear on what we’ve tried to do in those four games and the irony is that the two Nations League campaigns have been the ones that have heaped negativity and pressure on him for us, and you wouldn’t normally have that as an England coach.

“I have to deal with that, it’s my job to protect the players, they have been exceptional in their attitude and the results are my responsibility.”

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