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Published: 10:55 | 19/7/16

Bruce interviewed by FA

Hull boss among England candidates

Hull boss Steve Bruce has spoken to the Football Association about the vacant England manager job.

Sam Allardyce is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson after being interviewed last week, but the FA is keen to speak to a number of candidates before making an appointment.

Bruce is the most successful manager in Hull's history after winning promotion twice in the space of four years, as well as guiding them to the FA Cup final in 2014.

While the FA have yet to make a formal approach to Hull, the club have confirmed that Bruce held informal talks with the selection committee and have called on the association to make a swift decision.

A statement from Hull read: "The club can confirm that manager Steve Bruce has held informal discussions regarding the England vacancy, although no official approach has been received from the FA.

"We would hope to see the FA conclude their business quickly in order to avoid further speculation regarding Steve ahead of what is a season of huge importance for the club following our return to the Premier League."

In June the former Manchester United captain moved to end speculation about his future by declaring his intention to remain at Hull, but he recently said he was 'highly flattered' to be linked with the England job.

"I'm honoured to be linked with it. It's the pinnacle to go and manage your country. What bigger job in the world is there?," he told BBC Radio Humberside earlier this month.

FA technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill are expected to speak with more candidates, including Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, before a scheduled FA board meeting on Thursday.

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