England national team boss Gareth Southgate has asked former stars Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and others to inspire the team to greatness.

He says he is open to bringing in any of the legends to add to his coaching staff to inspire the golden generation of players.

“We have got to be thinking about passing on stories of playing and the pride in playing for England. Things they feel were good or might have been better,” Southgate said.

The players reportedly lack inspiration to go beyond the achievements of the current crop of players who won trophies for their clubs but failed to make their mark in the international stage.

Southgate said someone like Scholes had a view on what playing for the national team meant. The boss said it was important to find out what his views were compared to playing for Man United.

Southgate added that Lampard said he played the way that was expected of him rather than the way he would have best performed. So the manager says all these mistakes are important so the players learn and go beyond more players to winners.

Southgate has been focusing on not just the present but on bringing out the best from the players even when he leaves the role; from youth development policies to selecting players on clear cut criteria and other factors that affect the game.

England generally have been focusing on translating their prowess in club football to better results in the national team level. They have not gone beyond the quarter finals before at a major event for tons of years.