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Published: 08:57 | 30/6/16

Southgate not interested in England job - reports


Gareth Southgate does not want to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager, according to reports.

The England Under-21 manager was thought to be one of the front runners to take over the senior team following Hodgson's resignation in the wake of the 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

With Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn suggesting that the search for Hodgson's permanent replacement could take several months, it was claimed that Southgate would be appointed on an interim basis for England's 2018 World Cup qualifying opener against Slovakia on September 4.

However, it has been reported that Southgate has no interest in succeeding Hodgson.

Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth will lead the search for a new manager but outgoing FA chairman Greg Dyke has questioned why anyone would be interested in taking charge of England.

"It's got to be somebody who really knows English football. But there are loads of them now, more of them than there are English," he is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

"You need someone who knows about English football. But Martin (Glenn, FA chief executive) made clear you go for the best person. The harder question is why anybody would want it."

Former Chelsea and Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has stated his interest in becoming England's next manager.

Scolari guided Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup and was in the running to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2006. Despite ruling himself out of the running on that occasion, Scolari admits he would be interested in speaking to the FA.

“I am the manager of Guangzhou and I am concentrating on my job here,” Scolari told the Daily Mail.

“But I know the importance of the England job in world football. I’ve an affection for English football and I am aware of the need for the national team to be successful.

“I understand the importance of an international manager from my time with Brazil and Portugal.

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