Steven Gerrard opens up on Ibrox star's cap ambitions after stunning start to the season
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Steven Gerrard opens up on Ibrox star's cap ambitions after stunning start to the season

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that Ryan Kent‘s focus should be on his “bread and butter” at Ibrox and insists the wideman’s England ambitions are “not important” to him.

Kent has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad and Gerrard believes that it is arguably the Three Lions’ strongest area on the pitch.

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The Gers boss admits that he needs to “look after” the former Liverpool kid but praised his recent form, insisting he is “delighted” with how he has been playing.

“I don’t know what Gareth is looking for, but I do know he has a luxury of wide men available,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“He has wide men who are producing the goods consistently in the English Premier League and the Bundesliga.

“If you look at the England team and squad at the moment, you would actually say that’s the strongest position.

“You’re talking about players worth over £100m in there, so it’s certainly a huge challenge, and not just for Ryan but for any young English winger who has ambitions of representing England.

“But that’s not important to me at the moment — and I don’t know how important it is to Ryan.

“The priority has to be here at Rangers.

“This should be the bread and butter of his focus and he has started the season in a fantastic place. His form has been really good.

“He’s playing a lot of games at the moment and I need to try and look after him, to make sure we can keep him in this vein of form. We’re delighted with him here and he’s happy and settled.

“We’re away from the noise that was around him a few weeks back and we’re looking forward to working with him here for a long time.”

Kent has represented England at Under-18 and Under-20 level but will likely be waiting a while yet to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans.

The England boss has yet to acknowledge Kent’s excellent form and it sees unlikely he’ll take someone from the Scottish Premiership – regardless of how they are performing.

For his part, Kent has never really made any noise about international ambitions so it might not be something that is even on his radar just now.