On Coaching in the MLS: “I’m certainly open-minded”
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On striker Wayne Rooney’s current form for the England National Team: “I think the start of the regular season was not so good, a bit slow, but he’s coming to form really well now. If he fully delivers at the major finals, next summer will be a big one for him. I’ve been a little disappointed with what he’s done once he gets to the finals, but he’s a key player. He needs to fire for England to be successful.
On the midfield partnership of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard: “I think Roy (Hodgson) has put a lot of focus on those two individuals. The age and the amount of football they can play and they will play between now and the summer will be really important. Their physical condition will be really important as well. They are both fantastic professionals. You just keep your fingers crossed. Steven has rediscovered himself as a player slightly. He’s not the charging forward player of old, he’s more cute, picking the ball up from deep and starting the attack. I think those two are left to be used wisely between now and the summer
On England’s World Cup chances in Brazil: “I think realistic will be a quarterfinal berth. Anything beyond that will be beyond expectations in my eyes. We’re a nation that’s not won anything for 60 years.
On Joe Hart being dropped from tomorrow’s starting lineup: “It might help his development in the long term. I saw Joe when I was there as Manchester City manager and his career has only gone on an upward spiral. This is the first time where he’s had a little adversity to deal with. I think he’ll come out of that and it’ll spur him on. I think he’s the No. 1 goalkeeper for England, whether he starts tomorrow or he doesn’t.
Assessing Roy Hodgson’s performance as England manager: “He’s done nothing wrong. I think he had a free ride in the summer, but the bare minimum that he needed to do was to get England to the finals and he did that without losing a game and fairly comfortably. There’s good confidence among the group and they’ve got a decent structure about the way we play. I think he’s done everything that’s been asked of him at the moment.
On the possibility of coaching in Major League Soccer: I’m in a situation at the moment where my contract finished in the summer after six fantastic years working for the FA and prior to that in the Premier League. I’m quite open-minded to any offers at this moment in time. With this break, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and come over to the states. I watched David (Beckham) play about a year and a half ago prepping for the Olympics and it was quite impressive with the setup and the professionalism. I would certainly be open-minded to it.
Watch the full interview here and catch FOX Soccer Daily tomorrow at 2:30 PM ET before the international friendly between England and Chile, live on FOX Sports 1 at 3:00 PM ET.