England internationals who became managers

Over the years, numerous players have represented the three lions, some admirably, some admittedly not so admirably. In this article, The Footy Gang will be looking at 10 former England internationals who have gone on to become managers. Some are still managing now, whilst some of the England internationals on this list quickly decided that football management wasn't for them.

Since making his international debut against Australia in 2003, Wayne Rooney went on to gain 120 caps for the three lions, scoring 53 goals in the process. To this day, Wayne Rooney still holds the records of the most international goals for England. After an illustrious playing career for both club and country, Rooney retired from professional football to take over the reigns at Championship side Derby County.

At the time of writing, Wayne Rooney's Derby County have won 9 games of the 21 managed by the Croxteth born manager.

There are already rumours that Rooney will manage Manchester United at some point in his managerial career, the side who he featured so well for in his playing career.

Frank Lampard was renowned as one of the best midfielders of his generation, featuring 106 times for England, scoring 29 goals. After a fantastic playing career, winning the Champions League and Premier League for Chelsea, Lampard was appointed as manager of Championship side Derby County.

Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play off final in his first year at management, with The Rams narrowly losing in the final. Shortly after the play off final, Lampard was appointed manager of Premier League giants and his former club Chelsea. After a year and a half at the club, with a 52.4% win record, Lampard was sacked by Chelsea.

Despite being linked to a return to football with Bournemouth, Lampard is currently without a club.

Carlton Palmer featured 18 times for England, having made his debut under Graham Taylor in 1992. In 2001, Palmer was appointed player-manager of Stockport County but was sacked after only managing to gain 25 wins in 92 matches at the helm. A year later, Palmer took over at Mansfield Town before resigning from his position due to supporter unrest. Palmer was not stepped back into football management since leaving Mansfield.

Palmer, recently opened up on his struggles to adapt to football management on the Undr The Cosh, an excellent football podcast, hosted by former footballers Jon Parkin and Chris Brown.

Tim Flowers made his debut for England against Brazil in 1993 and at one point was the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain. Flowers went on to make 11 caps for the England, his last coming against Morocco in 1998. Tim Flowers, 54, took his first steps into management in 2018 after being appointed as manager of Solihull Moors.

Flowers was sacked by Solihull before taking over the reigns at Macclesfield Town. Unfortunately for Flowers, Macclesfield Town were liquidated soonafter Flowers' arrival. In December 2020, Flowers was appointed the manager of Conference side Barnet. At the time of writing, Flowers' Barnet are currently sitting in 22nd position in the Conference and look destined for relegation. Barnet lost 5-1 to Kings Lynn, a result should left the former England goalkeeper outraged.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard made 114 appearances for England, scoring 21 goals. After retiring from football in 2016, Gerrard was interviewed for the job at MK Dons however this role was rejected. After a spell coaching the Liverpool academy, Gerrard was appointed manager of SPL giants Rangers.


At the time of writing, Gerrard looks to be on the verge of leading Rangers to the SPL title ahead of their arch rivals Celtic.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has recently resigned from Celtic. There are rumours that Gerrard will become the next Liverpool manager if Jurgen Klopp leaves.

Scott Parker made 18 caps for England and struggled for international game time due to the performances of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

After his retirement from professional football, Parker spent some time coaching at Tottenham Hotspur, before being appointed as first team coach at Fulham.

In May 2019, Parker was appointed first team manager of Fulham and gained promotion to the Premier League in his first full season as manager.

Phillip Neville gained 59 caps for England between the years of 1996 and 2007. After his retirement, Neville was appointed as manager of the England Women's team. In his 35 matches as manager, England Women won 19 before Neville's resignation. Neville has recently been appointed as manager of American side Inter Miami.

Peter Withe made his debut for England in 1981 and went on to make 11 appearances for his country, scoring once. Withe took his first steps into management in 1991 with Wimbledon.

Withe was relieved of his duties after only 105 days as manager, winning once in thirteen matches. Since his dismissal from Wimbledon, Withe has managed the Thailand national team, as well as Indonesia. Withe's most recent job in football management was at Thai side Nakhon Pathom United.

Andy Sinton gained twelve caps for England between the years of 1991 and 1993. After Sinton's retirement from football he took over at Flint Town, where he stayed for 5 seasons. In 2010, Sinton was appointed as manager of Conference North side AFC Telford. Despite gaining promotion in his first season at the club, Sinton was sacked three years later on the back on a 16 game winless run. Sinton has not returned to management since.

Kevin Keegan made his debut for England against Mexico in 1972 and went on to make 63 appearances, scoring 21 goals.

During the years of 1992 and 2008, Keegan managed Newcastle United twice, as well as Fulham and Manchester City.

Keegan also had a spell as England manager but resigned after only 9 months. His final match as England manager was a one-nil loss against Germany, the last ever game played at the Wembley Stadium.

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