England captain, Wayne Rooney has stated the new manager doesn’t have to be English. But he will prefer if it was so.
Roy Hodgson resigned from his post as manager of England, following their elimination at the hands of Iceland. Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has been rumoured to be in the offing as the next manager.
And while Rooney will prefer an English manager. He insists nationality does not really matter.
“Of course it’s better if he’s English, but he has to be the right man for the job. He has to have the credentials and the ability to be able to do the job,” Rooney said.
“Whether he’s English or not we’ll wait and see.
“He needs to put his stamp on the team, whoever he is.”
Whoever gets the nod, Rooney feels they should be excited about the prospect of leading the Three Lions.
“I know one thing – if I was the manager coming in, I’d be very excited. It’s difficult to see now, but we do have a good squad, an exciting squad,” he said.
“Whoever comes in will have a tough job, but have the players to move us on from where we are and take us one step further.
“I’ve always tried to give honest answers to the questions I’m asked and we’ve never played with any fear. We’ve never played with any fear in this tournament as we have in the past.
“We just haven’t been clinical enough [at the Euros], and it’s cost us.”