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Published: 14:03 | 29/9/16

Pardew proud to be linked to England role

Alan Pardew is proud to be linked with the England manager's job but he insists he focused on his position at Crystal Palace.

The Football Association are on the lookout for a new manager after Sam Allardyce's 67-day reign was brought to an end when he was secretly filmed making a number of controversial comments, including advising undercover reporters how to get around transfer rules.

Pardew has been touted as a potential replacement for Allardyce but, like Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe, the 55-year-old insists he is committed to his current job.

"Eddie Howe said this morning it was the pinnacle for any Englishman's career, I agree with that," Pardew told reporters when asked about the vacancy.

"I'm so lucky to have this football club where it is right now, the chairman and I have a great relationship. They have shown me great faith and I have a team I have a good feeling about. This football club at this time is where I want to be.

"It holds a special place for me as I played here, that is where my focus is entirely right now."

He went on: "Of course I'm privileged and proud to be in that small group that is going to be linked with it, that I'm not going to shy away from.

"The other part is the focus I have to do here and return their loyalty to me, that won't shake, I won't let that happen to me."

Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior team for the next four games and Pardew has baked his former team-mate to do well in the role.

"They have a good manager in charge in Gareth, he has been through the system and knows the players coming through," Pardew said.

"I have respect for him as a player, I played with him, and as a coach and a manager - he has a bit of an X-factor about him. He has four games guaranteed, I think he will do well and I hope he does."

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