BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth signs matchday programmes for fans prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor on May 13, 2018 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Rangers coach Steven Gerrard and footballer Jermain Defoe played together in 40 matches in the England national team.

Jermain Defoe recently joined Scottish Premier League giants Rangers.

And the former England national team footballer will work under the order of his ex-teammate, Steven Gerrard.

“Steven had a big influence because he is an ex-teammate and someone I have always admired and respected,” Defoe was quoted by The 42.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard wants to motivate his players

Rangers were kicked out after losing against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Quarterfinals and will only focus now on the league.

“But even before Steven came here, I have known the size of this club and the support. They are special football fans.”

“It might be a little bit strange having him as my manager. I had it a little bit with Eddie Howe because I was on loan at Bournemouth when I was really young but only for a few months,” he commented.

“With this, it will probably be a lot different, my time with England with Stevie was good and we now just have to get on with it, do the best we can and try and build something positive for the team.”