Sol Campbell says he is in talks to manage a European side after revealing that he has “a five or six-year plan” to boss a top club.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender retired in 2012 and has been out of the game ever since.
The 42-year-old has tried his hand at politics, failing to gain the Conservative party’s nomination to be London Mayor in 2015.
But Campbell insists he is now ready to return to the game and he believes he will eventually rise to the England job.
“I am in active negotiations and we will see how things pan out over the next two or three weeks,” he said in an interview with The Times. “I am waiting for someone to come back to me. I will have to see the proposal.
“I am probably recognised more in Europe than my own country. Players and managers understand and appreciate me more. You can’t be king in your own country. Sometimes you have to go away to come back.
“I have the skill set for that now. International football is a big cup game. I have always had confidence in my own ability. I might surprise people, I might upset a few people, but I will always push the boundaries.”
“I have a five or six-year plan and eventually I will get a top club. Everyone has their own destiny. Mine is to lead a top team in Europe and then — who knows? — England. I am ready for it, for all the challenges. I was like that as a player: head down, committed.”