The former centre-back thinks that the FA should already start grooming a successor to current manager Sam Allardyce.
He also mentioned the example of Germany national manager Joachim Low, who spent two years as an assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann before taking on the main job.
"I do believe that there should be planning in place of bringing the next England manager through," Ferdinand said.
"The next England manager should be put in place. The experience Low gained through looking at mistakes, seeing positives and negatives that the previous manager had gone with and then he's made his own way using that experience. England, we haven't done that.
"Gary Neville — what's the point in him being assistant manager? All of a sudden he's gone. What was the point in him being there? Surely he was someone they might've been looking to groom. Where is he now? Is he going to be involved any more? Or is he a castaway? It's got to be something thought about in the long-term.
"Yes, Sam's now, but what's next? It can't be reactive all the time it's got to be proactive, someone's got to be there waiting who we're waiting to groom."