Steven Gerrard to England – latest

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England's midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard runs on the pitch during the Group D football match between Costa Rica and England at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 24, 2014,during the 2014 FIFA World Cup . AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The story today linking Steven Gerrard with the England job following a poor night for the Three Lions under increasingly-pressured Gareth Southgate is just the usual lazy journalism from our press and stems from Irish bookmaker Paddy Power trying to disrupt Rangers’ preparation for Saturday.

True, England are pretty horrible these days under Southgate, and his selections are getting increasingly strange under the growing strain, but at this young age his managerial career Gerrard would be really, really misguided to take the national job.

In truth, Liverpool or England are the only two positions we’d sympathise with Gerrard for pursuing – one’s his main club, the other’s his country.

But Steven Gerrard has so much unfinished business at Ibrox he’d be absolutely loathe to walk away from any of it to take over at England during quite a fragile time in both football and society in general.

Gerrard has a great gig at Ibrox – he’s doing a stellar job after a patchy first couple of seasons, and his European results have been astounding especially.

Of course, he hasn’t actually won anything yet, and we absolutely know that, but that’s the point – he won’t leave Rangers without having won silverware.

And being the man to bring us 55 and stop 9.5IAR would exalt him into legendary status, and hike his coaching stock into the stratosphere.

At the time of writing, only Sean Dyche and Graham Potter have shorter odds to take the mantle from Southgate than Gerrard, but we would think not only would he not be interested, yet, but it’s clearly a ploy from those plucky Irish bookmakers to make a bit of nonsense before Saturday.

And we’ll rather ignore it, thank you.

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