Former captain of the England national football team, David Beckham, would enjoy and even cherish managing the England team but publicly wondered whether he will make a good manager.
The stylish English player described the role of being the manager of England as “a dream job”.
The 44-year-old played 115 matches for England. He even went on to wear the captain’s armband on 58 occasions. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star had decided against becoming a football coach post announcing his retirement in 2013.
His most recent involvement with the game came through his Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami which is expected to play its debut season in 2020. However, it seems like Beckham could still be convinced of taking up a managerial role if the assignment is with the England national team.
When quizzed on whether he had considered managing Manchester United, he told GQ: “I think some people within the FA saw me possibly as a future England manager, just because maybe I had had a successful career being England captain.
“If someone turned around to me and said, ‘If the England job came up, would you take it?’, I mean, of course, I would think about it, because I’m a passionate Englishman and I’m passionate about our national side, but would I be any good at it? Who knows?” he added.
However, Beckham, for now, is more than happy to leave his national team under the guidance of Gareth Southgate, his former international teammate.
“It’s a dream job, but Gareth is doing the most incredible job for us right now. He’s brought energy and excitement back into the game and the fans – myself included – are enjoying that,” he concluded.
Notably, under Southgate, England managed to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990. However, they lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semis. They also went to qualify for the inaugural finals of the Nations League and finished third.
England are scheduled to face Bulgaria and Kosovo on 7 September and 10 September respectively in Euro 2020 qualifying.