England’s Golden Generation remains one of the most talked about periods in international football.
The Three Lions had one of the best set of players in football during the early 2000s, but they failed to achieve much on the international stage.
David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney and a host of other players could not gel together as a unit.
A lot was expected from the team and one of the biggest problems faced by the managers of the Three Lions was how to deal with the midfield.
Gerrard, Lampard and Scholes were three of the best in the world, and fitting them in the same XI was difficult. All three had different playing styles and were leaders too.
The trio might not have achieved much for the national side but their club careers were littered with trophies and medals.
Given their quality and leadership ability, it came as no surprise that they tried their hand at management.
Gerrard the first one to try
Gerrard left Liverpool to play for the LA Galaxy before returning to Merseyside for a coaching role.
The Liverpudlian was the coach of the U18 side before Scotland came calling. He took up the Rangers job at the start of the 2018-19 season.
The Scottish Premiership has been dominated by Celtic in recent years and Gerrard has a mammoth task of knocking down the Hoops.
The Englishman has done a good job so far as the Gers lie second in the league standings behind Celtic, and won an Old Firm derby this season.
Derby calling Lampard
Lampard is a Chelsea legend, despite his loan spell at Manchester City after 13 years with the Blues.
The Englishman retired in 2017 and decided to work on his coaching badges and licenses. It was a bit of a surprise seeing him take up the Derby County role and his start with the Rams was great. The Rams even defeated Manchester United in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.
Lampard has had a rough time in recent weeks as Derby have fallen out of contention for automatic promotion. The Rams could still make a charge for the playoff spots and see a return to the Premier League.
Possibly the best English midfielder of the generation
Scholes was always special with his range of passing from midfield. He wasn’t as dynamic as Lampard or Gerrard but the Manchester United star was one of the best ever to have graced the Premier League.
The midfielder didn’t seem set for management as he and several other United stars purchased Salford City. The Englishman then helped the Red Devils out by joining the backroom staff on a temporary basis when David Moyes was sacked.
Scholes was appointed as manager of League Two side Oldham Athletic in February 2019, however, the United legend left a month later after one win in seven games.