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Jul 21, 2014

Gerrard offers Hodgson captain advice

Steven Gerrard is retiring from international football, and ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why it's a good decision.

Only hours after retiring from international football, Steven Gerrard has revealed that he is willing to advise Roy Hodgson on who should replace him as England captain.

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"I'm here for advice on the next England captain," Gerrard said.

"I'm sure Roy will give it to the right person and I hope they show it the same respect that I have."

Newspapers across the United Kingdom have already started speculating who Gerrard thinks should be his replacement, with the BBC's Neil Henderson tweeting The Sun's backpage which names Wayne Rooney as the chosen heir:

Gerrard also added that he is sure that England are set for a bright future under Hodgson despite their poor showing in Brazil.

"I'm sure Roy will help make the England supporters proud again," Gerrard said. "He's a fantastic manager and I'm glad The FA have stuck with him."

Gerrard, who has been given an ambassadorial role with the FA, has started taking his coaching badges, but he is unsure whether he wants to go into coaching or management when he hangs his boots up for good.

Gary Neville made the transition from player to England coach a year after he retired from the game and there could be scope for Gerrard to do the same.

"My relationship with The FA will continue moving forward and I'm sure over the next 20, 30, 40 years, I will work for England again."

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