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Published: 15:07 | 7/10/16

Wenger: Englishman should manage England


Arsene Wenger appears to have ruled himself out of the running to succeed Sam Allardyce as England manager by suggesting an English coach should get the job.

Wenger was heavily linked with the position in the summer and he emerged as one of the leading candidates to take over in the wake of Allardyce's shock departure after just 67 days in charge.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn believes Wenger would be a good fit for the job and before the international break, the Frenchman hinted that he might be interested in the position if he had no club commitments.

However, he has not spoken to the FA and feels an English manager would be better suited to the position.

"There has been no contact. There is nothing really to add. Personally I want England to do well," he told beinsports.com.

"It is very important (that the manager is an Englishman), I have always said that.

"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.

"It looks to me a bit strange, that is why I like what is logical.... I think it is better (to have an Englishman)."

Wenger is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and he is fully committed to the club.

"It is quite simple. My first priority was always Arsenal. The second thing I would have considered was to stay in England," he said.

"It would be difficult for me to manage another English team, and so the second possibility would have been England, but my priority was always my club."

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