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England should have English coach - Wenger

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2016 | 10:00 AM
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has not been contacted about taking control of the England national team, but believes the job should be given to an Englishman.

"There has been no contact," the Frenchman told beIN Sports. "There is nothing really to add. Personally, I want England to do well."

Wenger stressed he felt the role would be best served by a home-grown coach, with Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate having taken up the job on an interim basis.

"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 season of his current Arsenal contract after 20 years in his current role.

He has said in the past that it is possible that he could one day coach England and he has been publicly noted as a candidate by FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

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