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Published: 18:32 | 7/7/16

Cech: Wenger has England 'pedigree'


Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says Arsene Wenger has the "pedigree and the quality" to manage England, but thinks the Frenchman will stay in club football.

The Football Association are reportedly keen on appointing the Arsenal boss as a replacement for Roy Hodgson, when Wenger’s contract at the Emirates expires in a year’s time, but Cech says he believes the 66-year-old will want to keep managing at club level.

"Obviously that is a question for Mr Wenger, if he would like to take this [England] job, but he is someone who has been coaching in England for such a long time, he definitely has the pedigree and the quality," Cech told Sky Sports News.

"He knows the atmosphere, the mentality and knows the expectation and the love England has for football, so obviously this is to his big advantage.

"But I think he is enjoying his time at Arsenal being a club manager, having the day-to-day job and it would be more of a question for him."

Looking ahead to the new season, Cech says Liverpool, who face Arsenal at the Emirates on the first weekend of the Premier League season, are potential title contenders this year despite finishing 21 points behind champions Leicester City last season.

"It's great to really have a test in the first game and then you can kick on your season if you start it the right way," the 34-year-old said.

"Liverpool will be one of those teams who will want to challenge for the title, having played well with Jurgen Klopp after his arrival.

"We expect a big challenge because [Manchester] United have been improving their squad, they've changed their manager and they'll be hungry for success.

"Manchester City with their new manager will do the same thing and let's not forget Liverpool and Spurs and us, I think it will be a very exciting season and will be very challenging for many reasons. Chelsea will definitely be there with Antonio Conte."

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