Brendan Rodgers emerges as favourite to take over from Gareth Southgate

According to reports, in the event that Gareth Southgate steps down from his role as England manager, the FA will attempt to secure the signature of Brendan Rodgers.

After a turbulent group stage, a last 16 demolition job over Senegal, made the public truly believe that ‘The Three Lions’ might finally cross the line. However, it wasn’t meant to be.

On Saturday night, millions piled into local pubs and huddled around their TV screens in the hope of beating France.

And with ‘It’s Coming Home’ blasting out of speakers, the match kicked off, and from the off, Southgate’s men started to complain. Referee, Wilton Sampaio, made several controversial calls, leading to ‘bias’ claims from the English public.

Regardless, the team started well, but seemingly out of nowhere, Aurélien Tchouaméni, fired the ball into the back of the net to put the French in the driver’s seat. However, England kept plugging away and following a foul on Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane converted from the spot.

But they didn’t stay level for long. Olivier Giroud dived onto a cross from, Antoine Griezmann, to put his side back into the ascendency. And this may have been enough to see the spirits of the English vanish into thin air, but in a testament to their resilience, they kept trying and eventually forced another penalty.

Millions covered their eyes as Kane stepped up to the spot, and some even walked out of the room. Then, after taking a moment to gather his thoughts, the forward, blasted the ball over the bar.

Ten minutes later, the whistle blew, and England’s hopes of a second World Cup died in an instant. Subsequently, the manger’s future is in serious question.

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England target Brendan Rodgers

According to Metro, the FA believe the Liverpool legend is the man for the job. The Leicester manager works well with youngsters and plays an exciting style of football that the supporters would undoubtedly welcome.

However, Southgate’s tenure isn’t over yet. While some claim he doesn’t have the ability to adapt in big moments, others argue that his track record speaks for itself. In the last three major tournaments, he’s guided England to a semi-final, final and quarter-final. And while he hasn’t won anything, he’s undeniably united the nation in a manner not seen since Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey.

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