Steve Bruce says he has been interviewed about the vacant England manager’s job, despite Hull City saying otherwise.
The Premier League newcomers had earlier described the contact as ‘informal discussions’, but the former Manchester United defender revealed it was an interview, which he hoped ‘went okay’.
The Tigers echoed Sunderland, whose manager Sam Allardyce remains the front-runner despite developments, in calling for a swift decision.
And if Bruce, who is still manning Hull’s pre-season preparations, gets his wish it will be him who gets the nod later this week.
“I never quite made it as a player, who wouldn’t (want it)?” he said on Sky Sports News ahead of the Tigers’ friendly at Mansfield.
“If you’re English and it means something to you, who wouldn’t?.
“It has to be the prime job that any Englishman would want to have. Yes it’s difficult, we know that, but there’s something in you.
“I am highly flattered to be even considered and extremely grateful to be considered. If anything happens, let’s see what the rest of the week brings and if it does then happy days.
“In an interview you never know, I hope it went okay, I got my point across and let’s hope it was successful.
“But then again I am up against a big pal of mine in Sam, who has always had a good job over the years. Apparently there are some other candidates who are there too and to be in the mix I am highly flattered because any Englishman worth their salt would be extremely, extremely proud to be England manager.
“What I said to them in the interview has to remain there. But we have to take away the fear in tournaments, somehow. We have only won one of our last seven games in tournaments and we have got some good players…that has to be the main thing.”