Wenger: What I really think re the England job

July 23, 2016

 Arsene Wenger

STAYING PUT: Sam Allardyce has been appointed England boss ahead of Wenger

ARSENE WENGER has spoken out after he was linked with the England manager’s job.

The Arsenal boss emerged as a bookies’ favourite after Roy Hodgson stepped down following the Three Lions’ humiliating Euro 2016 failure.

And there was a suggestion that the FA would wait until his Gunners deal expires next year to appoint him.

However, Wenger was passed over, with Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce chosen to lead England’s 2018 World Cup qualification bid instead.

“I wouldn’t like to talk about all the talks the FA had, but I was focused anyway'” he said after his side’s 1-1 friendly draw with Lens on Friday night.

“I always said I respect my contracts and that’s what I do.”

And there were no signs of bitterness at Allardyce’s appointment.

“First we want to be behind the guy who is in charge now, not talk about me managing England,” he said.

“That would be unfair. He has my full support. No matter who manages England, he has my full support.

“It’s my second country. I was a supporter of England and I was at every game. I feel there’s something there for this team to come out strong.

“They had some good patches during the Euros, but they just couldn’t turn up against Iceland. Overall, you feel there is quality in the team.”

Wenger has spent the last 20 years with Arsenal and became the Premier League’s longest-serving manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2013 decision to retire after 27 years with Manchester United.

SOURCE: dailystar.co.uk


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