England manager is simultaneously both the job that everyone wants and doesn't want. 

Gareth Southgate has been handed the role for the next four years, but what of the distant future, when the players of today might be turning their hand to becoming coaches themselves?

Responding to a 90min poll asking which of the current England crop it's possible to imagine leading the national team one day, more than 40,000 fans chose one clear winner:


Captain, all-time record goalscorer and potentially even all-time record cap holder in the relatively near future, Wayne Rooney was the choice for 40% of those who voted.

Rooney has matured significantly since his early playing days as a hot-headed teenager and has been credited with giving a number or rousing speeches since being handed the captain's armband for both club and country in 2014.

He will have a level of experience to share and draw from that could be rivalled by few others should he ever choose to make the transition into coaching.

England v Scotland - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Current vice-captain Jordan Henderson was the choice for 21% of those who voted. The Liverpool man has shown a new level of assuredness this season that could perhaps indicate he might have potential as a coach after retirement.

Everton captain and an England player since 2008, Phil Jagielka is nearing an age when he might have to call time on his playing career, and 15% could see him managing his country in the future. Fellow centre-back Gary Cahill was backed by 12% of fans in the poll.

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Joe Hart is generally a popular individual with supporters, but just 9% think he has what it takes to be England manager, while Tottenham's Eric Dier, a future captain in the eyes of many, was chosen by just 3% to be future boss.

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