Arsene Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of managing England – but only after his contract with Arsenal expires.
Wenger has been touted as one of the potential candidates to succeed Roy Hodgson, who last month resigned in the immediate aftermath of England’s 2-1 defeat to Iceland at the last-16 stage of the European Championship finals.
However, the Frenchman, despite suggesting his interest in the vacant position, would want the Football Association to wait until the end of the 2016/17 season as he intends to honour the remaining months on his contract with Arsenal.
“Could I manage England? Why not?,” Wenger told The Guardian.
“I would never rule that out, but I am happy and focused in club football. I have one more year to go with Arsenal and I have been with them for a long time.
“I have always respected all my contracts and will continue to do that. What will I do after that? Honestly, I don’t know.”
In addition to Wenger, Sam Allardyce, Glenn Hoddle, Harry Redknapp and Eddie Howe are the leading English candidates with bookmakers, while United States boss and former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann is the current favourite.