Arsene Wenger says he’s open to the idea of managing England in the future but underlined that he’s unwavering in his commitment to fulfilling his current Arsenal deal.
The boss has one year left on his current contract and has said on a number of occasions he’ll wait until the summer before deciding his next step.
Roy Hodgson’s decision to quit following England’s abject defeat to Iceland has left the FA trawling through the phonebook looking for
someone anyone to take on the best-paid poisoned chalice in world football.
“Could I manage England? Why not?” Wenger told French TV.
“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.
“England is my second country. I was absolutely on my knees when England went out against Iceland. I couldn’t believe it. But when you watched the game you could sense, after 60 minutes, that the worst could happen. Did they panic or were they tired? I don’t know, but England couldn’t find an answer to what Iceland posed.”
There was talk about Wenger taking over from Gareth Southgate – who was penciled in to take over from Hodgson on an interim basis until 2017 – but that was shelved when the former Villa and Boro defender ruled himself out of the race.
Obviously, Arsene has spoken in the past about his masochistic tendencies, but we’re not sure he’d necessarily be up for the weekly garroting that comes with being the boss of the Three Lions.