Gerrard urges young English players to join MLS

Date published: Friday 26th August 2016 8:52

Steven Gerrard suggests young players in the Premier League should consider a move to the MLS.

Former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard believes young players in England can get “stuck” without being handed any first-team opportunities.

Despite impressing for Manchester United and England last season, Marcus Rashford has dropped into Gareth Southgate’s under-21 side after failing to appear in the Premier League this term following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“What I see in England is that players around the age of say 17 to 21 are basically stuck because of the standard of the Premier League,” Gerrard said.

“The level is so good and you have to move world-class players out of position to get your breakthrough. Players seem to drop down levels in England, some you never hear about and some bounce back.

“This [the MLS] is a good environment and level for European kids to come and play regularly, test themselves, because it is a very fit level.”

The likes of Gerrard and Frank Lampard were consulted by the FA’s technical director Dan Ashworth to give their opinion on who should be the next England manager.

Gerrard believes Sam Allardyce can help instill the mental toughness required to succeed in a major tournament, but wants former England players involved in the new setup.

“If you are 16, 18, 21 or if you’re Ross Barkley, Dele Alli and you turn up and play for England, do you not want to see Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand? I’d have loved that,” he said.

“Let’s use these players to make the national team better.”

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