Wenger rules him­self out of Three Lions job

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Arsenal man­ager Arsene Wenger says there has been no con­tact from the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion over the Eng­land job, which he be­lieves would be best filled by an English coach.

Wenger, who turns 67 at the end of Oc­to­ber, is in the fi­nal sea­son of his cur­rent Arsenal con­tract, hav­ing ear­lier this month marked 20 years in the job. Be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, Wenger said it is pos­si­ble he could ‘one day’ man­age Eng­land if he had no club com­mit­ments.

FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn says Wenger would be among the can­di­dates who ‘per­fectly’ fit the cri­te­ria as the search be­gins for the per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor to Sam Al­lardyce.

Wenger, though, says he was yet to hear from any­one at the FA over the va­cancy, which is one he says should be given to an English­man.

“There has been no con­tact, there is noth­ing re­ally to add. Per­son­ally I want Eng­land to do well.”

Wenger stressed he felt the role would be best served by a home-grown coach, with Un­der-21s boss Gareth South­gate hav­ing taken up the job on an in­terim ba­sis.

“It is very im­por­tant (that the man­ager is an English­man), I have al­ways said that,” he added. “A coun­try like Eng­land, with a huge foot­ball pas­sion... and as well the struc­ture of the na­tional team (it) looks to me (that it) de­mands a guy from your own na­tion is the leader.”

“If you think that to­mor­row you are the coach of France and you play against Eng­land, when the na­tional an­them is played of Eng­land, you can­not sing it and you can­not sing as well the an­them of the team you are lead­ing.”

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